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 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ICE adds eleven new 287(g) partnerships

Secretary Napolitano Announces New Agreement for State and Local Immigration Enforcement Partnerships & Adds 11 New Agreements Release Date: July 10, 2009

For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has standardized the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) used to enter into “287(g)” partnerships—improving public safety by removing criminal aliens who are a threat to local communities and providing uniform policies for partner state and local immigration enforcement efforts throughout the United States. Additionally, today ICE announced eleven new 287(g) agreements with law enforcement agencies from around the country. “This new agreement supports local efforts to protect public safety by giving law enforcement the tools to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens,” said Secretary Napolitano. “It also promotes consistency across the board to ensure that all of our state and local law enforcement partners are using the same standards in implementing the 287(g) program.” The new MOA aligns 287(g) local operations with major ICE enforcement priorities—specifically, the identification and removal of criminal aliens. To address concerns that individuals may be arrested for minor offenses as a guise to initiate removal proceedings, the new agreement explains that participating local law enforcement agencies are required to pursue all criminal charges that originally caused the offender to be taken into custody. The new MOA also defines the objectives of the 287(g) program, outlines the immigration enforcement authorities granted by the agreement and provides guidelines for ICE’s supervision of local agency officer operations, information reporting and tracking, complaint procedures and implementation measures. “The 287(g) program is an essential component of DHS’ comprehensive immigration enforcement strategy,” said ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton. “The new agreement strengthens ICE’s oversight of the program and allows us to better utilize the resources and capabilities of our law enforcement partners across the nation.” DHS and ICE will begin working with their current 287(g) partner agencies to re-sign the standardized agreements —ultimately, only those agencies with newly signed agreements will be permitted to continue enforcing immigration law. A “sunset clause” will keep the MOA in effect for three years from the date of signing unless terminated by either party. To date, ICE has trained more than 1,000 officers operating under 66 local 287(g) agreements between DHS and law enforcement agencies nationwide. Since January 2006, these 287(g)-trained officers are credited with identifying more than 120,000 individuals, predominantly in jails, who are suspected of being in the country illegally. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 added Section 287(g) to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the DHS Secretary to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies to perform immigration officer functions. Pursuant to these MOAs, designated officers who receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn ICE officers are permitted to perform immigration law enforcement duties.

The eleven new agreements are with the following jurisdictions: Gwinnett (GA) County Sheriff’s Department.; Monmouth (NJ) County Sheriff’s Office; Rhode Island Department of Corrections; Delaware Department of Corrections – Sussex Correctional Institution; Houston Police Department; City of Mesquite (NV) Police Department; Morristown (NJ) Police Department; City of Mesa (AZ) Police Department; Florence (AZ) Police Department; Guilford County (NC) Sheriff’s Office; Charleston County (SC) Sheriff’s Office.

July 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Alamance: 287g Battleground. Burlington, NC

From www.doublebarreledopinions.com :

There was a famous battle here in 1771 that help define the model for the colonists fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War. Just outside of Burlington, NC you can visit Alamance Battleground where the skirmish took place.

These days, we’re fighting another battle in Alamance County, illegal immigration. Starting in 2007, our Sheriff Department started participating in the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security to train and deputize local lawman and jailers as Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE).

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Sheriff Terry Johnson is doing a fine, outstanding job enforcing our laws and deserves a big Double Barreled Salute!

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One of our county commissioners, Ann Vaughan, tried to get a resolution calling for the Government Accountability Office, or another government office, to investigate the Sheriff and how his department is enforcing the 287(g) program. This occurred two meetings ago, and she was blocked from doing so because she had not put it on the agenda. At the last meeting (4/20/09) Commissioner Tim Sutton brought forth a resolution to support Sheriff Terry Johnson’s 287(g) illegal immigration enforcement program. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor with Ann Vaughan voting against the resolution.

Double Barreled Salutes to: Tim Sutton, Dan Ingle, Linda Massey, and Eddie Boswell for voting for this resolution supporting the Sheriff and what he’s doing. Thank you!

Unfortunately Terry Johnson and the 287(g) program are under attack by:

Here in the real world, I have yet to talk with anyone who understands why these people are against the 287(g) program, Sheriff Terry Johnson, or why anyone would support allowing illegal immigrants to take over our country.

The ACLU has put a drain on the Sheriff’s Department demanding paperwork for traffic stops, traffic checkpoints, etc. I would prefer that our tax dollars go towards enforcing our laws rather than mounds of paperwork.

Professor Roselle has conducted a study or studies of traffic stop data trying to prove that the Sheriff’s Department racially profiles Hispanics and is over aggressive in enforcing the 287(g) program.

The Times-News, as I’ve said here before in previous posts, is completely biased towards illegal immigration and open in their distain for our Sheriff. I have yet to read an article in The Times-News that does not try to make the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s department look bad. The Times-News star pro-Hispanic and pro-illegal immigration reporter, Karen Rivas is a very talented writer and really pulls the emotional heart strings when reporting these stories.

Here’s a typical Karen Rivas tactic. This is from an Times-News article that ran on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 about a “panel” held at Elon University to “discuss” the 287(g) program. Rivas’ article mentions that the “panel” consisted of four people but does not name them. She says Sheriff Terry Johnson was invited as was ICE but they both declined to attend. I don’t blame them – no reason to give any legitimacy to the event. From what I’ve read about the panel, it was basically a 287(g) and Sheriff Terry Johnson bashing session. Rivas interviewed two Hispanic people who attended the even and who did not what their last names used because they’re here illegally. She quotes one of them in her article several times, but this one quote summarizes the whole problem: “He added that people need to see that though many immigrants are here illegally, they are not criminals but simply people who are looking for a better life for their families“.

The fact is, if you’re here illegally, you ARE a criminal.

In another part of her article, Rivas quotes Professor Hannah Gill of UNC as saying “Many immigrants live in a mixed household where one parent may be a legal resident but the other isn’t, where one sibling is foreign-born while the others were born in the United States… At the light of this reality, when a person is deported, an entire family system is affected. By implementing program like 287(g), she said, officials are alienating those who they want to integrate“.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lake Co. Illinois Criminal Alien program leads to 260 deportation cases

By identifying illegal aliens arrested in Lake County as soon as they come into the criminal justice system, the federal Criminal Alien Program has resulted in 260 deportation cases being opened since Sept. 1, Sheriff Mark Curran and other officials said Tuesday.

Administered by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security, CAP allows ICE to place a detainer on any illegal immigrant arrested for a felony offense.

The detainer places an indelible mark on an inmate’s paperwork that follows him or her through the system, and upon completion of the criminal proceedings against the inmate, results in their immediate transfer to ICE for deportation.

“The cost of illegal immigration to law enforcement and the criminal justice system is astronomical,” said Curran, who touted the program at the Lake County jail as proof of the results of local law enforcement cooperation with the federal government. “We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of laws as well, and we are enforcing the law in Lake County.”

Curran said CAP is different from the ICE 287g program he has also applied to be a part of, because unlike 287g, his employees do not receive power to do any functions usually performed by ICE agents.

Gail Montenegro, public affairs officer for the six-state area covered by ICE’s Chicago office, said the CAP program resulted in the opening of 221,085 deportation cases last year, up from 164,296 in 2007.

Not all those targeted for deportation have left the country, she said, because ICE waits for jail or prison sentences imposed on convicted criminals to be served before removing them from the country.

In Lake County, Curran said roughly 20 percent of the jail population at any given time is made up of illegal aliens and that there are currently 152 foreign-born individuals in his custody.

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ALIPAC Discussing Chatham County North Carolina Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen is going into Chatham County on Tuesday night for an important meeting.

We need as many of you as possible to join us to learn more and show your support.

As you may have heard, Chatham County’s Commission has voted to prohibit their law enforcement agencies from working closely with Immigration and Customs to deport illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.

This will make Chatham County our state’s lone “Sanctuary County” and at a time when we have made a lot of progress getting many other counties into the 287(g) program.

The 287(g) program saves lives and the decision in Chatham will cost lives, if we do not act swiftly.

Concerned citizens are gathering on the ground in Chatham County and they need our attendance and support. Here are the event details, please spread the word and join us if at all possible.

Time/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm EST.

Location:
Virlie’s Grill – Pittsboro, NC 27312
58 Hillsboro St
MAP LINK
http://tinyurl.com/anwywm

Host Organization: The Chatham Conservative Voice
http://www.tccv.org/

All concerned citizens and elected officials should join us.

Guest Speaker: William Gheen, President of the national organization ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee)
www.alipac.us

Topics: How to reverse Chatham County’s refusal to work with federal immigration agencies and save lives by implementing the 287(g) program like most other counties in NC are doing.

Article
N.C.: Chatham County not involved with ICE program
http://www.alipac.us/article-3922-thread-1-0.html

Press Release
NC Sanctuary County Policy In Chatham Challenged by ALIPAC
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-838718.html#838718

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

McDowell County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office teams with feds to deport illegal immigrants

Published: January 25, 2009

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office is onboard with a federal program that pinpoints illegal immigrants and earmarks them for deportation.
The 287(g) Program, which takes its name from Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996, is designed to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to act as immigration agents.
Eight county agencies in North Carolina serve as “hubs” for all the other local departments across the state. Those eight have entered into Memorandums of Understanding with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, and authorities with those agencies have received specialized federal ICE training that allows them to investigate whether or not an individual is an illegal alien and can be removed from the U.S.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office serves as the “hub” for McDowell and all of western North Carolina.
McDowell’s county jailers, as well as other Sheriff’s Office officials, have been trained in new technology developed to aid 287(g).
“We’ve been involved since I was sworn in (in May), but we’ve been moving in this direction for some time,” said McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene. “We’ve been getting everyone trained on the computer system, so it has taken a while.”
He added that the program doesn’t dictate that deputies go out looking for illegals, only to check foreign-born suspects when they’ve been arrested.

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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Guilford North Carolina to join 287(g) criminal deportation program

Thursday, January 15

( updated 3:29 pm)

GREENSBORO – Illegal immigrants arrested on criminal charges in Guilford County could be deported when the sheriff’s office begins a version of the 287(g) immigration program in the spring, Sheriff BJ Barnes said.

The program, which is a cooperative partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is designed to allow a local law enforcement officer to check a suspect’s citizenship and detain them for deportation.

“That officer will have the authority of an ICE agent and access to their database, which was what we were looking for,” said Barnes, who first applied for the 287(g) program in April 2007. A federal grant would pay for the program in Guilford.

Full-blown versions of the controversial 287(g) program, which are operating in Alamance, Wake, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, allows those counties to hold illegal immigrants until they are handed over to ICE officials.

Barnes said Guilford County will have a “hybrid” 287(g) program, not a full-blown program that keeps illegals in jail for an extended period.

“It’s an offshoot to where we have access to 287 information,” Barnes said. “So say, if we arrest someone for breaking into a house, we can see if they are here legally or illegally.”

Under the program to begin in April, Barnes said suspects found to be illegal immigrants would not be released on bond but would be held locally until their criminal charge is resolved in court.

Once that happens, the suspects would then be handed over to ICE officials for the deportation process.

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

28 criminals deported from Las Vegas under 287g in first month

Immigration officials deported 28 foreign-born Clark County jail inmates during the first month of a new partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department.

The partnership, which officially began Nov. 15, allows specially trained corrections officers at the Clark County Detention Center to identify immigration violators and start deportation proceedings against them.

Through mid-December, 882 people booked into the jail were identified as foreign-born and screened for their immigration status. Of those, 114 were identified as being in the United States illegally. Their names were forwarded to the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Twenty-eight either have been removed from the United States or are in holding stations awaiting removal, police said.

“Preliminary numbers show it (the partnership) is in compliance with what we wanted it to be: one additional tool to target the criminal element,” police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said.

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake jail widens immigration checks

RALEIGH – Now everyone booked into the Wake County jail will have their immigration history and citizenship checked.

Wake County jailers will have access to a fingerprint-based database that includes data about visa applications, previous deportations and residency applications — part of a pilot program starting today by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The purpose, says Wake Sheriff Donnie Harrison, is to find out whether someone arrested is in the country illegally. Fingerprint records will be used in addition to the resources the sheriff’s detention officers already have to check inmates’ immigration status. The Wake Sheriff’s Office participates in the 287(g) program, named for a section of a federal law that allows local jailers to check the immigration status of inmates and begin deportation proceedings.

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Las Vegas police enter immigration 287(g) enforcement pact

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have entered into an agreement with the Metropolitan Police Department that allows specially trained officers at the Clark County Detention Center to identify immigration violators and initiate deportation proceedings, an ICE spokeswoman confirmed today.

The department last year applied for the 287(g) partnership with ICE, a pact that empowers local officers to do some forms of immigration policing.

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment