JACKSON HOLE, WYO – After meeting with the director of the Denver field office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), local law enforcement would like to inform the public of changes to immigration enforcement protocol.
The Jackson Police Department last addressed the public back in March 2017 to update what it had learned from the federal agency. The Trump Administration has adopted a stricter stance in locating and deporting criminal aliens than previous administrations.
Representatives from the Jackson Police Department and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office recently had the opportunity to discuss immigration issues with ICE officials. One major change in policy may lead to ICE coming to town more often as federal agents will now consider arresting individuals with no prior criminal history and no prior deportations.
Previously, ICE said its primary focus was on undocumented individuals who commit crimes that are considered a safety concern for the community. Crimes like DUI, drug possession, drug sales, sexual assault, battery, assault, theft, domestic violence, stalking, robbery, and murder. ICE agents said they may now come after individuals if they determine a person is in violation of immigration laws and residing in the United States illegally. ICE officials added that they have no intentions of doing mass round-ups of undocumented persons in the Jackson area.
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Local law enforcement authorities urge anyone concerned to stay informed by viewing an updated FAQ on the Jackson Police Department website.
“It is important that the community is aware that ICE protocols have changed and understands what these changes are,” said Roger Schultz, Jackson Police Lieutenant.
Working in partnership with community groups, local law enforcement will be presenting these changes at a Community Immigration Update meeting on Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm. The meeting, hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hansen Hall, will also include a presentation by Trefonas Law, PC on preparedness planning and basic understanding of one’s rights with regard to immigration. Trefonas attorney Rosie Read said the meeting will also include important information for employers concerning their rights and obligations with employers and their documentation.
5:30pm – Jackson Police Department & Teton County Sheriff’s Office Presentation and Q&A on ICE operational protocols.
6:15pm – Trefonas Law, PC. Presentation on basic know your rights and preparedness planning for individuals and employers.