What is 287(g)?

287(g) is an agreement that local law enforcement agencies enter with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) where the local law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration laws. The agreement is named after the authorizing section of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) has been operating a 287(g) Agreement since October 2008.

Why is the ACLU of Nevada Concerned?

The ACLU is concerned about 287(g) because the program lessens Metro’s ability to effectively enforce local laws. Enforcing federal laws is the job of the federal government, and the federal government should bear the costs. When Metro officers focus on federal immigration enforcement, that detracts and hinders their ability to keep the streets safe. Read more of the ACLU of Nevada's concerns about the program.

News & Updates

- October 19, 2009 - Metro renewed its 287(g) Agreement with ICE. The ACLU of Nevada is disappointed and concered that the new agreement reduces record keeping and public accountability. ("Las Vegas police renew partnership with ICE", Las Vegas Review-Journal)

- October 7, 2009 - The Mesquite Police Department decided not to enter into a 287(g) program. Mesquite would have become the second city in Nevada to implement a 287(g) program. The ACLU of Nevada applauds their decision.

- August 12, 2009 - Metro responded to the ACLU of Nevada's Public Records Act request and stated that certain documents were available for inspection. Attorneys are inspecting the documents and will release their findings once the information has been analyzed. The ACLU is also pushing Metro to provide documents that it withheld so it can do a full analysis of the program.

- July 22, 2009 - The ACLU of Nevada sent a letter to Metro expressing its disappointment about Metro’s participation in the 287(g) program and urging Metro not to sign the new New Memorandum of Agreement. (Press release - ACLU: Metro Should Abandon 297(g) program - ACLU: ¡Deje el Programa 287(g), Metro!)

- July 16, 2009 - At a community meeting, Metro officers admitted to asking people on the street about their immigration status and asking for Social Security numbers, even if the individual already provided identification.

- July 10, 2009 - The federal government announced changes to 287(g), requiring the renegotiation of all existing agreements between Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies.

- July 7, 2009 - The ACLU of Nevada sent Metro a Public Records Act request seeking information about the 287(g) program as it is currently being operated. Among other things, the ACLU of Nevada asked to inspect records pertaining to the training and supervision of Metro officers by ICE, complaints that have been filed in relation to the program, and a breakdown of arrests by race/ethnicity.