Arizona Helped Deport Thousands Without New Law

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.

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Report Faults Training of Local Officers in Immigration Enforcement Program

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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500 Groups Urge Obama to Halt Immigration Police Program

Postville raidLos 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.

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Valley Sheriffs Ponder Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestThe 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.

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Feds Give Sheriff A Tough Choice On Immigration Enforcement

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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.

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Press Release: Frustration Mounts as DHS Continues and Expands Bush-Era Immigration Enforcement Strategies

Janet NapolitanoCommon 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.

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Police Chiefs Press For Immigration Reform

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USA Today, 7/23/2009

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.

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