Why is the Frederick County sheriff creating all of this hoopla over a narrow audit to determine the cost to the county taxpayer for his 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
The purpose of the audit is to determine actual costs of the 287(g) agreement that do not appear in the budget of the sheriff’s office and have been, effectively, hidden from the county executive, the county council and the county taxpayer.
There has been some confusion over the funding. There is no federal reimbursement for 287(g) agreements. According to Guidance Memorandum from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law: Legal Guidance for Maryland State and Local Law Enforcement Officials, December 2018, there are several legal conclusions for local law enforcement agencies (“LEAs”) to consider as they interact with ICE including “2. LEAs must absorb all costs associated with federal cooperation agreements under 8 U.S.C. Section 1357 (g)(1). The federal government does not provide reimbursement for these agreements, and the agreements may increase the risk of unconstitutional profiling.” In spite of these conclusions and two civil suits, the sheriff has claimed that there is no cost associated with the agreement, which is absurd on its face.
Why, why is the sheriff disparaging the county executive and the county council for asking how much taxpayer money is being used for a controversial program when they are just doing their job? Why did a documented hate group and other provocateurs get invited to a rally to support his attack on our local government leaders?