On behalf of North Carolina Justice Center, Siembra NC, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina, we write to submit this complaint to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 287(g) agreement with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. 

The current administration has stressed that through the 287(g) Program, it seeks to coordinate operations “in a way that best serves local needs” and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “public safety” mission.1 In fact, ICE’s partnership with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office hinders public safety and undermines local needs. As detailed below, it has created a climate of fear and anxiety for immigrants, their loved ones and communities of color—chilling their access to government services, including police protection from serious crimes.