Police's pact with immigration officials focus of meeting

Civil rights leaders will host a town hall meeting Thursday evening to discuss an agreement between immigration officials and Las Vegas police.

The meeting will focus on the 287(g) agreement the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered into last year.

The pact, which was the first of its kind in Nevada, allows specially trained officers at the Clark County Detention Center to identify immigration violators and start deportation proceedings against them.

The partnership's name comes from the corresponding section of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.

Critics of such agreements say they could lead to racial profiling and make people afraid to report crimes.

Police have said the program is meant to reduce the number of violent criminals in the community and does not extend beyond the walls of the detention center. Nationally, dozens of local and state police groups have immigration partnerships with ICE.

The Mesquite Police Department is on track to become the second Nevada city to adopt such an agreement.

The department has been completing the necessary paperwork to participate in the partnership, an ICE spokesman said Monday.

The town hall meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and Democracia Ahora are hosting the event.

Contact reporter Lynnette Curtis at lcurtis@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0285.