ICE Cancels Proposed Contract for Help in Hiring Thousands of Deportation Officers

Government Executive: The Trump administration last week abruptly canceled a solicitation for a private sector partner to help it hire thousands of deportation officers and support personnel, citing delays in obtaining the requisite funding.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement vowed to move forward with awarding the contract in October, at the turn of the new fiscal year. ICE published the solicitation to support an executive order President Trump issued shortly after taking office, which called on the agency to hire 10,000 new law enforcement agents. The contractor would have assisted ICE in hiring 8,500 deportation officers and 1,500 criminal investigators and in the recruiting and onboarding of about 6,600 support staff positions.

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