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    Feds might scrap state, local 287(g) immigration enforcement program

    Posted: 4:09 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

    Feds might scrap state, local immigration enforcement program

    By Jeremy Redmon
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    This month, the ACLU and 161 other civil and immigrant rights groups and other organizations sent a letter to the Obama administration calling for the end of all 287(g) programs. The letter highlighted how the government shut down 287(g) operations last year in Maricopa County, Ariz., after the Justice Department said it found evidence of discriminatory policing practices there, including illegal arrests of Hispanics. (The Justice Department took a similar action Thursday, filing a civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff of Alamance County, N.C., alleging his office discriminated against Hispanics through its 287(g) program. The government shut that county’s program down this year.)

    The Obama administration is expected to announce by the end of this month whether it is scrapping any of the controversial immigration enforcement programs it has operating in Georgia and across the nation.

    The 287(g) programs — named after the federal law that authorizes them — deputize local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. For example, sheriff’s deputies may be given the power to question people about their legal status and detain and transport them for immigration violations.

    The programs started in 2002 during the Bush administration. As of October, there were 57 operating in Georgia and 20 other states. The Georgia State Patrol and the jails in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield counties are participating. Since fiscal year 2006, 16,287 people have been deported or allowed to voluntarily leave the country in connection with Georgia’s programs, federal records show.

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil and immigrant rights groups are calling on the government to shut down 287(g). They say it promotes racial profiling, erodes the trust immigrants have in police and distracts officers from more important crime-fighting duties.

    Georgia sheriffs say 287(g) has reduced the strain illegal immigrants are placing on taxpayer-funded resources in their communities, such as public schools. They want the program to continue. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal also repeated the governor’s support for it this week.

    Still, the Obama administration is proposing to cut a quarter of its $68 million budget for 287(g) operations nationwide and eliminate the least productive ones — in part because of the national rollout of a different program called Secure Communities that relies on fingerprint screening. The government says Secure Communities “is more consistent, efficient and cost-effective in identifying and removing” criminal illegal immigrants.

    These deliberations are under way as a newly re-elected President Barack Obama is vowing to tackle a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws next year. Among other things, he is proposing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

    The Obama administration initially said it was focusing on phasing out the 287(g) programs that police — such as the Georgia State Patrol — operate in the field. But they have prompted some speculation they are preparing to also scrap the programs operating in jails in Georgia and elsewhere.

    The speculation started this fall when the government notified sheriffs across the nation that it was extending their expiring 287(g) agreements just until the end of this year. Those agreements typically last three years. The government said it will later inform sheriffs how their programs will be “impacted.” Officials with the White House, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment further this week.

    Meanwhile, law enforcement officials with the state and Cobb County are processing far fewer people for removal — or deportation — through their programs. The Georgia Department of Public Safety, for example, has not processed anyone for deportation since before October of last year, according to federal statistics as of Oct. 8 of this year. The Georgia State Patrol has previously pointed to “manpower issues” and the long distances officers would have to travel to transport suspected illegal immigrants to federal immigration detention centers in the state.

    Lt. Kermit Stokes of the Georgia State Patrol, who helps coordinate the state’s 287(g) program, said that the duties associated with the program are in addition to a state trooper’s other duties.

    “This authority is a tool that these few troopers can use when needed,” Stokes said. “We do not dictate that they must use this authority if other means to effectively enforce the law are available.”

    In Cobb’s jail, the number of people processed for deportation has steadily declined in each of the past three years. The high reached 3,747 in fiscal year 2008. Last year, it was 1,283. Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said the decline shows the program is working.

    “There has been a steady decline in the number of foreign nationals coming into jail custody charged with violating the law,” he said in an email. “This is exactly what was expected and is a clear indication of the success of the program.”

    This month, the ACLU and 161 other civil and immigrant rights groups and other organizations sent a letter to the Obama administration calling for the end of all 287(g) programs. The letter highlighted how the government shut down 287(g) operations last year in Maricopa County, Ariz., after the Justice Department said it found evidence of discriminatory policing practices there, including illegal arrests of Hispanics. (The Justice Department took a similar action Thursday, filing a civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff of Alamance County, N.C., alleging his office discriminated against Hispanics through its 287(g) program. The government shut that county’s program down this year.)

    “The 287(g) agreements interfere with state and local police responsibilities by recklessly merging federal immigration enforcement and state criminal justice tasks,” the letter said. “They have caused damage to community trust in police, increased racial profiling, and wasted precious law enforcement resources at all levels of government.”

    Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, a research group that advocates tighter immigration controls, criticized the government’s move to cut 287(g) funding. She alleged politics is at play in the decision.

    “This stems from their unwillingness to displease these very loud advocacy groups who complain repeatedly about the program,” said Vaughan, who has written extensively about 287(g), “even if there is no real basis for the complaints.”


    287(g) programs
    287(g) programs deputize local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. At the county level, the programs often operate through jails, giving sheriff’s deputies authority to question people about their legal status and detain and transport them for immigration violations. But the Georgia Department of Public Safety also runs a field program that can lead to deportations.

    Processed for deportation/Deported or voluntarily departed:
    Cobb 10,869/7,065
    Gwinnett 8,801/5,055
    Hall 3,969/2,632
    Whitfield 2,444/1,519
    Georgia Department of Public Safety 39/16

    Deported or voluntarily departed through 287(g):
    1. California 47,218
    2. Arizona 42,782
    3. North Carolina 18,448
    4. Texas 16,617
    5. Georgia 16,287
    Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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    Feds scrap state immigration enforcement program

    The article above appears to have been rewritten to the following and different title.
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    Posted: 4:09 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
    By Jeremy Redmon

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The Obama administration is scrapping part of a controversial program that deputizes state and local police to help enforce federal immigration laws in Georgia and many other states.

    The 287(g) program — named after the federal law that authorizes it — gives police the power to question people about their legal status, serve arrest warrants, and detain and transport criminals for immigration violations.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a news release Friday saying it is terminating the “task force” part of the program in which police help with street-level immigration enforcement in Georgia and other states. That part of the program will end Dec. 31.

    ICE officials said they will continue using another 287(g) program that operates inside jails across the nation, including those in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield counties.

    Also Friday, the Obama administration disclosed it had set a record for deportations in the fiscal year that ended in September, expelling 409,849 people. That is the largest number removed in ICE’s history and is up 3 percent from last year, when the previous record was set at 396,906.

    The 287(g) program started in 2002 during the Bush administration. As of October, there were 57 task force and jail-based programs operating in Georgia and 20 other states. Since fiscal year 2006, 16,287 people have been deported or allowed to voluntarily leave the country in connection with Georgia’s programs, federal records show.

    The government partly tied its decision Friday to the national rollout of a different enforcement program called Secure Communities that relies on fingerprint screening.

    “ICE has concluded that other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases,” the agency said in its news release.

    ICE officials confirmed Friday that they are not renewing agreements they have with 25 state and local law enforcement agencies to operate the task force version of the program. The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s program is among those that are ending this year. As of April, 22 state patrolmen and officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Department of Driver Services had received training to participate in the program. Through 287(g), state officers have focused on stopping specific crimes such as identify theft, drug trafficking, money laundering and human smuggling.

    A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said the government’s decision “doesn’t have any practical effect on the state level.”

    “All local law enforcement are authorized to work with the federal government to enforce the immigration laws,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said in an email.

    Georgia state police had not processed anyone for deportation through the program since before October of last year, according to federal statistics as of Oct. 8 of this year. The Georgia State Patrol previously pointed to “manpower issues” and the long distances officers would have to travel to transport suspected illegal immigrants to federal immigration detention centers in the state.

    Lt. Kermit Stokes of the Georgia State Patrol, who helps coordinate the state’s 287(g) program, said the duties associated with the program are in addition to a state trooper’s other duties.

    “This authority is a tool that these few troopers can use when needed,” Stokes said in an email this week before ICE made its announcement. “We do not dictate that they must use this authority if other means to effectively enforce the law are available.”

    The Obama administration initially said it was focusing on phasing out the 287(g) task force programs such as the one Georgia state troopers operate. But the administration has prompted some speculation it is preparing to also scrap the programs operating in jails in Georgia and elsewhere.

    The speculation started this fall when the government notified sheriffs across the nation that it was extending their expiring 287(g) agreements just until the end of this year. Those agreements typically last three years. The government said it will later inform sheriffs how their programs will be “impacted.” ICE issued a statement late Friday saying it will continue to use such jail-based programs.

    Civil and immigrant rights groups are calling on the government to shut down all 287(g) programs. They say they promote racial profiling, erode the trust immigrants have in police and distract officers from more important crime-fighting duties.

    This month, the American Civil Liberties Union and 161 other organizations sent a letter to the Obama administration calling for the end of all 287(g) programs. The letter highlighted how the government shut down 287(g) operations last year in Maricopa County, Ariz., after the Justice Department said it found evidence of discriminatory policing practices there, including illegal arrests of Hispanics. (The Justice Department took similar action Thursday, filing a civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff of Alamance County, N.C., alleging his office discriminated against Hispanics through its 287(g) program. The government shut down that county’s program this year.)

    Georgia sheriffs say 287(g) has reduced the strain illegal immigrants are placing on taxpayer-funded resources in their communities, such as public schools. They want the program to continue.

    Still, the Obama administration has proposed cutting a quarter of its $68 million budget for 287(g) operations nationwide and eliminating the least productive ones.

    These deliberations are under way as a newly re-elected President Barack Obama is vowing to tackle a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws next year. Among other things, he is proposing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

    Meanwhile, in Cobb’s jail, the number of people processed for deportation through its 287(g) program has steadily declined in each of the past three years. The high reached 3,747 in fiscal year 2008. Last year, it was 1,283. Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said the decline shows the program is working.

    In an email this week before ICE’s announcement Friday, Warren wrote, “This is exactly what was expected and is a clear indication of the success of the program.”

    287(g) programs

    287(g) programs deputize local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. At the county level, the programs often operate through jails, giving sheriff’s deputies authority to question people about their legal status and detain and transport them for immigration violations. But the Georgia Department of Public Safety also runs a field program that can lead to deportations. The Obama administration announced Friday it was ending the state’s program.

    Processed for deportation/Deported or voluntarily departed:

    Cobb 10,869/7,065

    Gwinnett 8,801/5,055

    Hall 3,969/2,632

    Whitfield 2,444/1,519

    Georgia Department of Public Safety 39/16

    Deported or voluntarily departed through 287(g):

    1. California 47,218

    2. Arizona 42,782

    3. North Carolina 18,448

    4. Texas 16,617

    5. Georgia 16,287

    Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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    We have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.

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    IT seems the administration really does want this country colonized for their own political security. What are they going to do when they run out of other people's money to keep paying. JMO

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