Supervisors End Contract With ICE Over L.A. County Jails Presence, But Support Future Collaboration

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Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to end a controversial program that places immigration agents inside county jails to determine whether inmates are deportable.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to sever the county's contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which allowed ICE agents to work daily inside jails and trained jail employees to assess the immigration status of inmates.

Immigrant advocates have sharply criticized the program, known as 287(g), since it began 10 years ago, with some saying that it encouraged racial profiling and resulted in deportation orders for people who were in jail for minor offenses.

"We need to move on," said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who co-sponsored the motion to end the program. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl also voted to end it.

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