July 28, 2010
Associated Press, 7/28/2010
Without the benefit of their state’s strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems.
Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007.
That’s about a quarter of the national total of 115,841 sent out of the U.S. by officers in 64 law enforcement agencies deputized to help enforce immigration laws, some since 2006, under the so-called 287(g) program.
April 2, 2010
The New York Times, 4/2/2010
State and local police officers who enforce federal immigration laws are not adequately screened, trained or supervised, and the civil rights of the immigrants they deal with are not consistently protected, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.
The report by the department’s internal watchdog was a sweeping review of a program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Through agreements signed with about 60 county and state police forces, the program allows local officers to question immigrants about their legal status and detain them for deportation.
The inspector general’s report describes the program as haphazardly administered, with local agencies detaining and prosecuting immigrants with little oversight from federal agents and significant inconsistencies from place to place.
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August 31, 2009
Los Angeles Times, 8/31/2009
A coalition of advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama last week demanding that the administration end a program that allows local police to enforce federal immigration law.
The program, known as 287(g), deputizes police to turn over suspects or criminals to immigration authorities for possible deportation.
Immigrant rights groups said the program has led to civil rights violations and racial profiling.
August 29, 2009
The Moniter, 8/31/2009
Many Rio Grande Valley law enforcement officers cringe when someone talks about working with the federal government to identify and arrest illegal immigrants.
But when U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano brought up the idea during an Aug. 11 speech in El Paso, some Valley peace officers listened.
The law in question, Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Sixty-three local law enforcement agencies throughout the country partner with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to designate officers who can enforce federal immigration laws.
August 5, 2009
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The Arizona Republic, 8/5/2009
It was another sweep, with more arrests and complaints of racial profiling.
Valley residents are getting used to the fanfare and bitter debate that accompany Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “crime suppression operations,” like the one in Chandler nearly two weeks ago.
It has been 18 months since Arpaio launched the first raid in central Phoenix, but do they work?
Arpaio says “yes”: The operations clear warrants, nab illegal immigrants and reinforce the message that illegal immigrants aren’t welcome in the county.
July 29, 2009
Common Dreams, 7/29/2009
On the heels of several reports critical of the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement and detention policies, grassroots advocates for immigration reform took to the streets today to protest the continuation and expansion of ineffective Bush-era tactics.
Their protests echo the findings of credible reports and the recommendations of law enforcement officials, all of whom are calling on DHS to make significant changes in policy and strategy.
In New York today, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was met by protesters from the New York Immigration Coalition and allied organizations who demanded an investigation of flagrant abuses by immigration agents in residential raids carried out under the Bush Administration.
This call is based on a recently released public study of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s home raid operations by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.
July 23, 2009
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Some of the nation’s top cops on Wednesday called upon Congress to promptly adopt an immigration reform measure, saying local law enforcement agencies across America are struggling to deal with crime and confusion caused by a broken system.
About 100 police chiefs and administrators from Framington, Mass., to San Diego joined Department of Homeland Security officials in Phoenix for a National Summit on Local Immigration Policies sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit law enforcement educational organization.
During closed discussions, the participants agreed that America needs a comprehensive new law containing guest-worker programs, a means for immigrants to become permanent residents and federal enforcement of the prohibition against hiring illegal immigrants, according to Chuck Wexler, the forum’s executive director.
July 19, 2009
Albor Ruiz, 7/19/2009
The more things change the more they stay the same. When it comes to immigration, despite the promises, that old dictum seems as truthful under President Obama as ever.
Believe it or not, despite Obama’s stated commitment to tackle immigration reform, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is expanding the disastrous 287(g) program. This program, said Aarti Shahani, co-author of “Local Democracy on ICE,” – a thorough investigation of the 287(g) – “turns traffic cops into jail guards and deportation agents.”
March 20, 2009
Editorial, Baltimore Sun, 3/20/2009
ICE no longer alone in immigration law enforcement
Since the 9/11 attacks, federal immigration agents have helped train local police and sheriff’s deputies in enforcing the country’s immigration laws. The program – now in use by 67 law enforcement agencies in 23 states – is supposed to help reduce serious crime. Frederick County (Maryland) Sheriff Charles Jenkins would tell you, as he did a congressional committee recently, that the program has helped his suburban county. But neither Sheriff Jenkins nor any one else has been able to show that this federal-local partnership has in fact reduced crime.
Without that critical evidence, Congress should resist any effort to expand the program, known by its authorizing legislation: Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. The training program is not the answer to the country’s illegal immigration woes. It’s not even an effective Band-Aid.
March 3, 2009
The New York Times, 3/3/2009
A government report questions the effectiveness of a federal program, long criticized by immigrant advocacy groups, that deputizes police officers as immigration agents.
The report, prepared by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, says the government has failed to determine how many of the thousands of people deported under the program were the kind of violent felons it was devised to root out.