It started out politely enough, but the debate over a controversial contract with Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement soon turned to interruptions and anger. A crowd for and against the ICE 287-g detention contract speaks up at the weekly Tulsa County Commission meeting. Those who support the Sheriff signing an extension believe it can reduce crime. On the other side, opponents claim it promotes crime by causing immigrants to ignore and not report crime because of fear of deportation.
A group is pushing hard to have the deal cancelled, but so far Commissioners have deferred to the Sheriff, and taken no action.