Texas counties profiting from ICE

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - A handful of Texas counties have found a way to profit from working with federal immigration officials in tracking and detaining immigrants in the country legally.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that eight counties have joined the program allowing sheriff’s deputies to become certified immigration centers.

So far, ten counties have allowed federal immigration agents to stash detained immigrants in their jails. Four counties do both, and at least 16 counties nationwide participate in both programs.

Also, Lubbock County recently started having deputies certified as immigration officers under a program named 287 (G) for the law that created it.

It also collects $65 daily per immigrant it houses after detention by ICE.

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