Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is introduced new legislation Thursday to end partnerships between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.
The PROTECT Immigration Act seeks to repeal the controversial 287(g) program, which allows state and local law enforcement departments to enter into an agreement with ICE to help with immigration law enforcement functions.
At least 32 law enforcement agencies in 16 states are currently engaged in these agreements, according to Booker's office.
“Immigration enforcement should not be delegated to state and local police departments that are not equipped to enforce immigration laws — it is the job of the federal government," he told NBC News in a statement. “These agreements undermine public safety and result in the racial profiling and harassment of members of the immigrant community.”