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Do local police and ICE have the same authority?

No. Although both local police and ICE officers fall within the broader category of law enforcement officials, state and local police officers are not responsible for enforcing most aspects of federal immigration law, apart from certain criminal provisions. However, each law enforcement agency has its own policies and procedures for how they interact with individuals whose immigration status is in question. They also have their own rules about how much they will with federal agencies charged with enforcing immigration law. For that reason, it is critical that you consult with a criminal and/or immigration lawyer as soon as possible if you are arrested by any law enforcement agency.

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