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Culpeper County Sheriff signs 287(g) agreement ➤ Hispanic groups express outrage at new jail program By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins signed an agreement Tuesday to enforce the 287g program through the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Culpeper County jail. The decision has been met with vocal opposition from Hispanic groups in Culpeper County who feel the program puts an undeserved target on their population. On Saturday, those groups held a rally at Yowell Meadow Park to oppose the signing of the agreement. The program, one of ICE's top partnership initiatives, allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement, in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. Jenkins on Tuesday refuted the claims of the groups opposing the

program, insisting he has the community’s safety only in mind. “My message is simple today, just last week we had a detective out of state assisting on a federal investigation, that’s not unusual for us,” Jenkins said. “We cooperate and regularly work with federal authorities. The ICE agreement is just another example of our cooperation with federal law enforcement.” Monica Sarmiento, executive director, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, a collaborative of 25 organizations in commonwealth of Virginia, said the program will “turn off” the Hispanic community to Culpeper. “We are here in opposition of the 287(g) agreement which is a blatant manipulation from the sheriff’s office, to intimidate specifically the minority communities of Culpeper,” Sarmiento said. “This is an illogical proposal of an agreement.” Jenkins responded Tuesday, reiterating that the program will only affect illegal immigrants who are jailed in the Culpeper County jail. “Persons with an agenda will continue to attack the 287(g) pro-


Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins signs the 287(g) agreement along with Matthew Albence. Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations of ICE. gram, saying it is something to cause fear in the community,” Jenkins said. “In fact the program is of absolutely no concern to you, unless you are committed to our jail, regardless of your immigration status.” Jenkins said that tens of thousands of Culpeper citizens, including ones who are in the country

illegally, have never committed a crime in Culpeper that have caused them to enter the jail population. “If your poor decisions cause you to enter our jail, after already being an illegal guest in our community, then I cannot understand why you think you shouldn’t be handed over to ICE through this new screening ➤ See ICE, Page 4

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