Galveston Commissioners vote to negotiate cooperation with ICE
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By Harvey Rice, Houston Chronicle

GALVESTON – Galveston County commissioners have voted to negotiate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on closer cooperation in screening inmates who are in the country illegally.

Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1, Commissioner Stephen Holmes opposed, to enter negotiations to eventually allow ICE to install a computer system at the Galveston County Jail that would allow deputies to more quickly identify inmates who are in the U.S. illegally.

Sheriff Henry Trochesset told commissioners that ICE would pay for the computer system and the training of deputies who will work with the agency.

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Holmes raised concerns about unanticipated expenses and civil rights lawsuits.

Trochesset said that ICE was approaching nearly every county in Texas in an attempt to enlist their cooperation in the the program.

The program would only apply to the inmates after their arrest, Trochesset said.

"Only once they are arrested and in custody does this program move forward," he said.

I have to wonder why a vote was taken when it has nothing to do with Commissioner's Court. The Sheriff doesnt report to them and screenings and level of cooperation is up to him.
Posted by CGN at 2/17/2017 9:28:10 AM

To CGN: It's all about the money. The Sheriff worships at the throne of the commissioners because he has to beg them for money for his budget every year.
Posted by Strand at 2/17/2017 9:34:48 AM

The question about money from the commissioners should not even be brought into the equation. The law is the law and if ICE wants to foot the bill and install and maintain the computers so be it. That would help the Sheriff's Dept. in the performance of their duties and make the identifications faster without the hassle.
Posted by whatstheuse at 2/17/2017 10:02:39 AM

It's NOT what SHOULD be, it's WHAT IS that makes the difference. This Sheriff bends over backward to please the County Judge and the Commissioners. He's docile when it comes to politics and checks with the court before he does most anything.
Posted by Strand at 2/17/2017 10:04:48 AM

If you personally know the Sheriff, you know that he is a good honest law enforcement official that wants to do the right thing. It is hard to sore like an eagle when you are surrounded by ducks. The Commissioners Court is changing with each election and when the two embarrassments come up for election, we will have those that have an an honest ambition to serve the county, rather than themselves, in charge and everything changes in a way we all can be proud of.
Posted by ALW at 2/17/2017 10:17:29 AM

This group of County Commissioners with King Henry as the County Judge has been dysfunctional for years. They would rather spend taxpayer dollars on lawsuits with King Cox than equip all the deputies in Galveston county(i.e. sheriff and constable)with the tools necessary to do their jobs for the citizens. If you go against King Henry your toast, the Sheriff, and Constables know that. Maybe when we get rid of Henry and Clarke, change is possible.
Posted by LE at 2/17/2017 11:47:41 AM

In an effort to answer some of the questions that have been raised here, I would like to clarify a few items.

The discussion of this program was brought to the commissioners court agenda for the purpose of making them aware of any data, telephone or electrical expenses that may be needed during the installation of the equipment. Since that would be the job of county IT and maintenance who reports to county commissioners it is important for them to be made aware in case these items are needed.

If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact me at my office at 409-766-2301.

Posted by Sheriff Trochesset at 2/17/2017 6:43:05 PM

Thumbs up to the Sheriff,, We all know he is a nice guy,For once he is doing something pro active to protect the citizens of the County.. Look at the big picture. Houston is a sanctuary City. The Crimminal Aliens will most likely stay out of Galveston County now with fear that if they do something wrong, They will be shipped back to Mexico. They will stay in Harris County and make a U turn when they hit Clear Creek..
Posted by Make Galveston County Great Again!! at 2/18/2017 8:55:36 AM

If I was here Illegally, I'd go to Houston and stay out of Galveston Co.At least in Houston you can keep getting out of jail with out being shipped back to mexico..
Posted by Jose the 4th. at 2/18/2017 10:53:41 AM

RED ALERT>>>>RED ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!

All illegal Mesicans, leave Galveston County NOW!!!!!!!!!!! There going to get you.....
Posted by Poncho Smith at 2/18/2017 12:19:47 PM

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