The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced a new program that will allow local law enforcement officers to arrest and detain immigrants. In a statement on Monday, May 6, the agency announced the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, which would allow local police to execute arrest warrants and temporarily detain immigrants on behalf of ICE. Local law enforcement agencies that join the program would be allowed to conduct arrests despite local or state rules that prevent them from doing so, according to the statement. Following the arrest of an immigrant through the program, ICE will have 48 hours to transfer the individual, or they will be released.
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