Prince William County has long cooperated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the 287 (g) program, turning over for deportation criminal illegal aliens. On Feb. 6, 2017, the Board of County Supervisors wrote to the Department of Homeland Security requesting information on the 7,491 people it transferred to ICE under the program.

During a subsequent press conference held by Chairman Corey Stewart, Stewart seemed redefine “criminal alien.” While the letter to DHS was unanimously supported by the full Board of County Supervisors, Stewart’s definition varies greatly from the language used by his fellow Supervisors and County law enforcement. Supervisor Principi is among the local leaders who are concerned about this deviation, the divisions it could cause in the community and the strain it could place on police.

Read the full letter, and view Prince William County Police Department Chief Barry Barnard’s presentation to the Board on the topic, made during the Feb. 21, 2017 BOCS meeting.