The expiry of the agreement makes rural Culpeper County the only Virginia jurisdiction to have an agreement of 287 (g). The agreement between Landkreis and ICE, which began in 2007, expires on June 30. After Culpeper County expires, Culpeper County will be the only Virginia jurisdiction to have such an agreement with ICE. There was a time when other local governments were interested. Loudoun and The Counties of Fauquier expressed interest, but then one reason the opposition changed the game. Only one local government in Virginia has left to reach an agreement with ICE: Culpeper. The decision, taken by angrily 287 (l) supporters, allows the agreement to end on June 30, officials said. This is the latest example of political anxiety around a left turn in the once rural and predominantly white county, where Latinos, African Americans and Asians now make up the majority of the 470,000 population. During the discussion, the county sheriff, Glen Hill, who is the chair of the prison committee, expressed support for the program and said he thought it would make the county safer.
Del. Elizabeth Guzman, who represents District 31 in the Virginia Chamber of Deputies and is also a newly appointed member of the Prisons Committee, said she spoke on behalf of the immigrant community and said, “We don`t like this program. He`s created a division. And so a lot of people who look like me left the county. After 13 years, the Agreement by Prince William County, Virginia, with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will expire on June 30. For many years, Prince William County has been at the forefront of the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. But now things have changed. Voters elected a new board last year, and now the county is agreeing to the county`s police working with food to deport undocumented officials. “He created a split, and a lot of us, a lot of people who look like me, left the county,” she said.
“As someone who comes from another country, who is Hispanic, it really hurt me,” said Guzman, who was born in Peru and entered municipal politics as a community activist to defeat the original 287 (g) agreement. “We are trying to change here in Prince William County after being called criminals for so long.” Guzman and others say the deal hit immigrant communities following the arrest and deportation of some people for minor traffic violations.