Immigration Enforcement

DHS Napolitano weakens 287g program…Sheriff Joe Arpaio defiant

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced major changes to the 287g program which helps local law enforcement identify illegal alien arrestees, and begins the deportation process. The program has been extremely popular with communities inundated with illegal aliens.

Unfortunately, we see far too many instances of illegal aliens repeatedly committing crimes such as drunk driving and child molestation, before they are taken of the streets.

Since 2006, more than 1,000 law-enforcement officers have been trained and certified by the federal program. Currently, 77 local police departments participate in 287(g). Both Virginia and North Carolina lead the country in the number of local departments participating.

The program allows police to investigate a suspect’s immigration status after an arrest had been made for any offense. Under the new guidelines, police will only be allowed to do so in cases where a serious crime has been committed.

John Morton, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said: “In a world of limited resources, our view is that we need to focus first and foremost on people committing crimes in our community who should not be here.”

Despite the newly watered-down regulations, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told reporters: “If I’m told not to enforce immigration law except if the alien is a violent criminal, my answer to that is we are still going to do the same thing, 287g or not. We have been very successful.”

Under Sheriff Arpaio, his department has either identified in jail or arrested more than 30,000 illegal aliens in and around Phoenix, AZ .

In fact, it is that success which many believe has prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation of Sheriff Arpaio, focusing mainly on so-called ‘racial-profiling.’ Of course, Obama was elected in great measure due to strong support among Latinos, and Arpaio’s removal of over 30,000 mostly Mexican illegal aliens has angered the Latino community.

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July 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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