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

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

The 287(g) program is working, and residents are safer because of it

By SHERIFF DARON HALL • August 12, 2008

Tennessee Voices

Manuel Garcia Delgado was arrested locally July 23 on a misdemeanor charge. He has at least 20 different aliases, was previously deported, and since 1990 has 23 prior convictions for crimes such as unlawful possession of heroin and cocaine, burglary, weapons possession, various drug trafficking and theft. These convictions were in Washington state, Oregon and Utah. Prior to 287(g) implementation, he was arrested in Davidson County for a misdemeanor crime and released.

Also screened by our program was David Medina-Velasquez. He was arrested for no driver’s license but is an aggravated felon with criminal convictions for crimes against children in California, had previously been deported and now is facing federal prosecution.

If our program was not screening for low-level offenses, these types of individuals would still be living in our community.

Over the past 16 months, this community has supported my efforts as they relate to the 287(g) program. I appreciate the continued support and want to remind you that just over 3,500 criminal aliens have been removed from our community and there is no doubt in my mind we are safer. More than half of those removed have been previously arrested.

The five years prior to 287(g), the percentage of arrestees who were foreign-born doubled, reaching an all-time high of 12.3 percent in April 2006. There has been a 34 percent decrease in that percentage since we began the 287(g) program. This is important because much was said about the potential for misuse by law enforcement.

If you look at the numbers, there is absolutely no evidence that more foreign-born individuals are being arrested just to be checked by 287(g). The most important point in these statistics is that there has been a 41 percent reduction in percentage of those arrested and determined to be illegal — which was always a primary goal of ours.

Advocates feel 287(g) is unfair because it screens those with misdemeanor offenses. They allege this was not the original plan. That is completely untrue. From initial implementation of this program, I always said those arrested, brought to jail, and found to be in this country illegally, will be processed for removal. I never “sold” it as anything else.

For those familiar with the Juana Villegas case, there are many points that can be debated and many inconsistencies in the stories being circulated.

What I can tell you is we are sensitive to the various aspects of this case. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding her incarceration, as we would with any where concerns are raised. In addition, we are reviewing our policies and practices to see how we can improve.

In closing, I want to further remind you what we have accomplished since this program took effect in April 2007. In the summer of 2006, more than a half-dozen murders were committed in Nashville by illegal immigrants — many of whom had been previously incarcerated on misdemeanor crimes. Since the implementation of 287(g), there hasn’t been one high profile crime committed by a criminal alien. We can only hope this trend continues.

Daron Hall is the Davidson County sheriff.

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August 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments