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Read and Download All Signed BOAs

29 Florida sheriffs signed collaboration agreements with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) known as Basic Ordering Agreements in 2018, and the list is growing, even beyond Florida. SPLC has obtained copies of all of the agreements.


On January 17, 2018, 17 Florida counties announced that they would enter into a new collaboration agreement with ICE called Basic Ordering Agreements. These counties were: Pinellas, Lee, Manatee, Bay, Walton, Hernando, Brevard, Polk, Indian River, Charlotte, Monroe, Sarasota, Columbia, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Hillsborough and Pasco. In May 2018, Lake County also signed a BOA with ICE. SPLC is currently investigating additional counties and will update this page as new information is received.

Basic Ordering Agreements are agreements between ICE and local sheriffs in which ICE promises to pay sheriffs $50 for every immigrant they hold and turn over to ICE, for up to 48 hours. Sheriffs execute these holds by re-arresting someone they were legally required to release. Counties believe these agreements will protect them from liability for illegal acts committed when acting as ICE’s force multipliers. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU are suing to prove they are wrong.

SPLC has obtained copies of all BOAs signed to date. The BOAs, which are not contracts, are short and change nothing about the usual way ICE collaborates with local law enforcement.

Download the signed agreements