Today, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid announced that she would terminate the Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) with U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 23, 2018. The following statement can be attributed to our Executive Director Claire G. Gastañaga:
"We applaud Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid for making the right decision and terminating Fairfax’s Intergovernmental Service Agreement with ICE. In doing so, she has taken a good first step in slowing the rising tide of over detention through capricious immigration enforcement. She is also saving the taxpayers of Fairfax from having to pay the excess costs incurred for housing federal detainees for ICE at the reduced rates in the agreement. Her choice to end the contract reflects the reality that no state or local agency is required to volunteer to provide services to or do the enforcement work of federal immigration officials. Ending the agreement will also help keep everyone in Fairfax safer by encouraging people in immigrant communities to engage with law enforcement in positive ways. We thank our People Power coordinators and volunteers, our colleagues at the Legal Aid Justice Center and CASA, and countless advocates in the immigrant community for their tireless efforts that made this change possible."