DARTMOUTH - The Bristol and Plymouth County Sheriff's Departments are going to be entering into a larger partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the 287G program.

The program gives the departments access to ICE's database, and authorizes them to question foreign-born detainees and hold them for ICE officials if they're flagged in a background check. Sheriff Hodgson says they can process any immigrant that comes into their facility. "Even though they may or may not have committed a crime, there may be some indicators there that ICE would have that would say 'Hey, there's a reason to hold this person on a detainer,'" says Hodgson.

Hodgson says the program can go a long way toward removing potential terrorists or others that threaten the safety of the public.

Both Bristol and Plymouth Sheriff's Departments are signing onto the 287G program Wednesday morning.

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