Letter from Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings:
Sheriff’s Response to 287(g) Article in Cape Codder
April 19, 2018
After being informed of an article in a mid/lower cape weekly in which I was mentioned in relation to the lack of “love” felt for me by the Lower Cape Indivisible Group because of the BCSO’s involvement with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), I feel this is a good time to remind folks of exactly what our involvement with ICE will be.
Identified as the 287g Program for Jails and Prisons, this program will train four of our BCSO Deputy Sheriffs on ICE Policy and Procedure and provide our deputies access to ICE databases. This will allow BCSO Deputies to run checks on individuals sent to the Barnstable County Correctional Facility who are charged with a crime committed in Barnstable County, after appearing before a court or Bail Commissioner and ordered held on bail or without bail. Our deputies will then verify their immigration status and, if necessary, will begin the process for removal. This is basically the same thing we do for a U. S. Citizen when they are sent to jail held on bail or without bail. We search local, state and national databases to see if the U.S. citizen is wanted in any other state and if they are, we begin the process to send them back to that state.
I have agreed to take part in the 287g Program for one reason: to keep our communities safe. I do not want to be the one who releases a criminal back into our community who is here illegally in the first place, and then commits another crime, putting the citizens of Barnstable County in danger.
The BCSO posts a list of ICE Detainees every month on the Media page of our website www.bsheriff.net. See also 287(g) Program - What It Is-What It Is Not also on our Media page.
Sheriff James Cummings