The ice intergovernmental service agreement, also known as the ICE-IGSA, is an agreement between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and state and local law enforcement agencies. This agreement aims to improve cooperation and communication between ICE and these agencies in the enforcement of immigration laws.
Under the ICE-IGSA, state and local law enforcement agencies can enter into agreements with ICE to receive training and funding to assist in the identification, apprehension, detention, and removal of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes. This includes sharing data and information with ICE, as well as participating in joint operations.
The agreement has faced criticism from some who argue that it can lead to racial profiling and discrimination against minority communities. However, supporters of the ICE-IGSA argue that it is an important tool for upholding the rule of law and ensuring public safety.
The ICE-IGSA has been in place since the 1990s and has been used by hundreds of state and local law enforcement agencies across the country. It has led to the arrest and removal of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.
However, the agreement has also faced scrutiny in recent years due to the controversial immigration policies of the Trump administration. In 2019, the state of California passed a law prohibiting law enforcement agencies from entering into new ICE-IGSAs, citing concerns about civil rights violations and the potential for abuse.
Despite these challenges, the ICE-IGSA remains an important tool for enforcing immigration laws and maintaining public safety. As the debate around immigration continues, it is likely that the agreement will continue to be a source of controversy and discussion.