Immigration Enforcement

Add Durham, North Carolina to 287(g)

“Don’t make a federal case out of everything” is a common admonition to keep things in perspective.It’s also Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez’s perspective on immigration, one that balances the need to protect the public from dangerous illegal immigrants with the imperative to gain the trust and cooperation of all city residents, including undocumented aliens.

Lopez signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), becoming partners effective Feb. 1. Under the Agreement, a Durham police officer who has completed mandatory ICE training is authorized to enforce federal immigration law under Section 287 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

In an extensive e-mail explaining his rationale for the agreement, Lopez emphasized, “The Durham Police Department has not brought the 287 (g) Program to the city of Durham as it is seen in many other communities.”

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June 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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