The Horry County Sheriff’s Office is moving forward on an initiative to bring some of the powers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the local level. The power of enforcement would come through a federal program called 287(g) which allows state and local law enforcement to take on some of the authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.

Tuesday the sheriff’s office received support from the ICE field office in Atlanta for their request for Task Force Officers through the program. Task Force Officers would act as an investigative component; investigating mostly drug trafficking, human trafficking, and gang activities. They did not receive support for Jail Enforcement Officers which would work in the jail to identify illegal immigrants and then begin the paperwork to identify those persons to ICE officials.

Source: WMBF News

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