A newly published ACLU of Wisconsin report revealed that law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin have received millions of dollars for selling information about immigrants with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Thirty Wisconsin counties and the Department of Corrections received over $2 million combined in federal funding through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). 

SCAAP partially reimburses state and municipal governments for the costs of incarcerating certain undocumented people who have certain criminal convictions (a felony or two misdemeanors). In exchange, departments tell ICE information about those particular people incarcerated for at least four consecutive days who were either identified or suspected of being undocumented. 

Between 2016 and 2020, Wisconsin’s biggest local sheriff beneficiary of SCAAP was Dane County, which collected $634,000 for sharing information with ICE. The DOC and 29 other counties throughout the state also accepted SCAAP funds.

Dane County’s willingness to share information about their immigrant community with ICE for more funding is inappropriate and not in the interest of public safety. Law enforcement should keep us safe, not funnel us and our neighbors into the ICE deportation machine for money. 

Tell Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett to stop selling information to ICE and end his department’s participation in SCAAP. Call the Dane County Sheriff's general information line and ask to make a policy reccomendation at (608) 284-6800.

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Hello,

I am calling to encourage you to end the Dane County Sheriff Department’s involvement in the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). I am incredibly alarmed to see that Dane County is willing to provide ICE with information about jailed immigrants for more federal funding. 

Searching out more money to meet the sheriff's budget should not be done by investigating someone's immigration status.

Participants in this program invite the threat of ICE and the prospect of deportation into immigrants' lives. SCAAP does nothing to keep us safe and only serves to fuel mass deportation.

The people of Dane County want their community to be a welcoming and warm place for immigrants to call home. When the Sheriff's Department accepts financial incentives to work with ICE, it undermines this goal. Please stop participating in SCAAP. Thank you.