287(g) in Waukesha County, Wisconsin | 2018

Waukesha County sheriff unopposed, a year after 287(g) deal with ICE

In 2017, Sheriff Eric Severson of Waukesha County (a populous and conservative county in the Milwaukee suburbs) decided to apply for his office to join ICE’s 287(g) program. The program deputizes local law enforcement officials to act as federal immigration agents and issue “detainers” on people whom they suspect to be undocumented. ICE soon approved Severson’s application, making Waukesha the only county in Wisconsin that is part of 287(g). Severson says his office will use the program only to interrogate individuals already in its custody.

Voces de la Frontera has organized repeated protests and even a training session against Waukesha’s participation in 287(g). “Sheriff Severson is working hand-in-hand with the Trump Administration to implement mass scale policies that are traumatizing children and separating families,” said executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz.

Severson is up for re-election this year but faces no opponent in either the GOP primary or the general election, virtually guaranteeing that he wins a second term through 2022.

published on Aug. 9, 2018 | Daniel Nichanian