THE SHERIFF SAYS HE’S GETTING OUT OF THE IMMIGRATION BUSINESS IN HARRIS COUNTY!  

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez gave official notice Tuesday that he is opting out of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s voluntary 287(g) program. 


The decision places Harris County in line with 251 of 254 Texas counties that do not take part in the program that allows ICE to deputize local law officers to perform certain federal immigration enforcement functions in jails. The decision will free at least $675,000 in the sheriff’s budget to more effectively direct resources to address local public safety issues.

The process to begin termination of the HCSO’s participation in this voluntary program will begin immediately. It is Sheriff Gonzalez’s intent that the transition away from this program be conducted in a smooth, responsible manner that prioritizes the continued safety of the residents of Harris County.