Access the Travis County Jail Daily ICE Detainers Report.

Commonly Asked Questions on Secured Communities?

How will the Sheriff's Office cooperate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as of February 1, 2017?

Download the TCSO ICE Policy.

What is the Priority Enforcement Program-PEP?

In a memo dated November 20, 2014, on the subject of Secure Communities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson announced the discontinuation of Secure Communities and the establishment of the "Priority Enforcement Program" (PEP).

See: http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_secure_communities.pdf 

Since that time, the TCSO has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure the TCSO is adhering to the PEP directive

Is it true that TCSO Deputies are trained as ICE agents too?

No. Section 287(g) is a provision of immigration law that allows the federal government to deputize local law enforcement agents to enforce federal immigration laws. Under the 287(g) program, some participating police departments check immigration status while performing stops on the streets, while other agencies check immigration status only after someone has been brought into jail. All 287(g) deputized officers have been trained by ICE in immigration law, and participate in checking immigration status and initiating removal or other immigration proceedings against individuals. TCSO never opted into this program.

Why are individuals asked for their place of birth during the booking process?

In accordance with Department of State Publication 10518 "Consular Notification and Access," TCSO has a policy relating to notifying a "foreign national" of their right to consular notification. This question helps to ensure that individuals are informed of their rights via the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Bilateral Consular Treaties.

Don't these programs separate families in our community?

Many acts separate families. Arrest; detention while awaiting trial; and formal sentencing clearly separate a person from their family and friends. These are all functions of our judicial system. This is true of any person who remains in custody of the county, state or federal correctional system.

How long does TCSO hold individuals on an RFN?

When TCSO receives a request an entry is made in the Tiburon computer system, once TCSO receives notice that a bond has been posted, charges have been dismissed, or the individual has completed their sentence TCSO notifies the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office that the individual has completed all local requirement. TCSO will then process the individual and release them from our custody. We do not hold them waiting for ICE Agents to arrive; however, if an ICE Agent is present when the person has been processed we will transfer custody to ICE.

What is an RFN?

A Request For Notification is a document given to the TCSO requesting that they be notified once an individual is scheduled to be released from custody. In some instances the request is contingent on the individual having been convicted of a certain charge.

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