Who can enforce immigration law?
In most places across the country, local law enforcement can easily share information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If you are arrested, your fingerprints could be run through national immigration and criminal databases. Local jails may let ICE know when someone is released that ICE wants to deport.
Immigration enforcement has increased dramatically under the current administration. All undocumented immigrants are at risk of deportation as are immigrants with status (such as lawful permanent residents, asylees, refugees and visa holders), if they have certain criminal convictions.
Immigrants who are most at risk include:
- Individuals in jail or detention;
- Individuals who have been arrested, have pending criminal cases and/or prior criminal convictions; and
- Individuals with final removal orders. Immigrants who are at particular risk for detention and deportation are individuals who are on orders of supervision or have stays of deportation.
None of the information in this resource should be considered legal advice. Please speak to an immigration attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative about your particular case.