>> Last three blocks clear.>> Dozens of police departments across the US have been granted new powers to check the immigration status of people they arrest. Since president Donald Trump took office in January, 29 departments have joined a special program under which they can perform some of the tasks of federal immigration agents.
The program has doubled in size in just ten months, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the administration hopes that this is just the beginning. Documents obtained by Reuters show another 38 jurisdictions are potentially interested in joining the program, known as 287(g). Reuters' correspondent Michael Rosenburg covers immigration.
>> If a police department picks up somebody who they suspect is in the country illegally, usually they have to call up ICE and ICE will make the checks. With the 287(g) program, a local official can make the call themselves and can do the searches themselves and it's much quicker to get somebody into the hands of ICE.
>> Bensalem Township outside Philadelphia hopes to sign up.>> If deporting you out of this country when you commit a crime is a tool at my disposal, you're darn right, I'm gonna use it.>> The interest in 287(g) is running up against an opposing trend, so-called sanctuary cities.
Many large cities, and even some entire states, say they do not want to participate in federal immigration enforcement.>> We've made clear that we can't be a party to a 287(g) agreement. Because if all the things we said, if we didn't go out, and now
are literally an extension of ICE, that would cause people to run back into the shadows and not cooperate with us.
>> They say they need the cooperation of immigrant communities in helping to solve crimes and maintain public safety. Bensalem and Philadelphia are right next to each other but on the issue of immigration enforcement, they could not be further apart.>> I can use 287(g) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, ICE, I'm gonna use them.
And if they're gonna deport you, I'll drive you to the airport.