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Obama Administration Starts Phasing Out 287(g) Program

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

ICE has begun phasing out 287(g) agreements, which delegate federal authority for immigration enforcement to state and local police.

Obama Administration Rejects Amnesty International Charges that its Immigration Enforcement Violates Human Rights

Friday, March 30, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

A new Amnesty International report criticizes the U.S. government for its treatment of the Hispanic and indegenious communities living along the border, according to

Federal Immigration Enforcement Program will be made Mandatory by 2013 for Every State

Monday, January 9, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program, will be made mandatory for all states by 2013, according to a recently released memo. The three year old program consists of an information-sharing partnership between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

287(g) Amendment to DHS Spending Bill Passes in the House

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

Rep. Ed Royce
An amendment that increases spending for the administration of the 287(g) program passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 267-to-151 margin. The amendment was offered by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.).

Ten Illegal Aliens Caught After Traffic Stop

Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

A broken windshield may lead to the deportation of ten illegal aliens identified after a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. According to the media reports, State police stopped a van for a minor violation and found 10 foreign national inside.

54 Members of Congress Express Support for 287(g)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

Rep. Lamar Smith
Fifty-four Members of Congress signed a letter to Pres. Barack Obama expressing their support for the 287(g) program. The letter comes days after the Obama administration implemented limits on state and local law enforcement agencies who participate in the 287(g) program.

Immigration Enforcement Activist Defends Revised 287(g) Program

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 2:18 PM EDT

DA King, president of the Dustin Inman Society in Georgia, is encouraging local law enforcement to continue partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security despite the department's recent effort to weaken the program.

Author of 287(g) local enforcement program strikes back at Wall Street Journal and Obama

Monday, July 20, 2009, 7:45 AM EDT

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had a letter published in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the Obama Administration's decision to weaken the 287(g) program after the paper published a story about the decision on July 11.

President of Houston Police Union Calls for 287(g)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

While executing a drug search warrant, Houston Police Officer Rick Salter was shot and critically wounded by an illegal alien with three prior drug arrests.

More than 900 inmates to be Deported in Georgia

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

More than 900 foreign-born inmates have been flagged at the Gwinnett County jail and are set for deportation. Of the 915 inmates, 489 had a previous criminal history according to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

RI Judge Dismisses ACLU Lawsuit Defending Illegal Aliens

Friday, January 2, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

A judge in Rhode Island has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the ACLU that challenged the detention of 14 Guatemalan immigrants that were pulled over for a minor traffic stop. The 14 immigrants were pulled over in Richmond, R.I. on Interstate-95, but all turned out to be in the country illegally.

Virginia AG and ICE team up to Combat Illegal Immigration

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:53 PM EDT

A joint effort between state and federal officials has resulted in the deportation of violent sex offenders who were also identified as illegal aliens in Virginia. “Operation Cold Play” allowed U.S.

Another Va. City To Check Immigration Status

Monday, November 3, 2008, 5:17 PM EDT

Following in the footsteps of Prince William County, Va., all persons arrested for violations of local or State law by the Manassas Police Department will have their immigration status checked beginning on Dec. 1.

ICE Shares $200,000 with Naugatuck Police

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:31 PM EDT

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is sharing part of its $1 million award with the Naugatuck Police Department. In April 2007, Jose and Diana Calhelha were sentenced after being convicted for their roles in harboring illegal aliens at their 10 Dunkin Donuts' franchises.

Local Enforcement Program a Success

Monday, September 22, 2008, 2:39 PM EDT

Since its creation in 1996, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 287(g) program has been a remarkable success with local and state law enforcement agencies making more than 68,000 immigration-related arrests.

Billboards Highlight Consequences of Illegal-Alien Smuggling

Saturday, August 16, 2008, 12:35 PM EDT

The Border Patrol has begun erecting billboards in Texas to remind commercial truckers that they are gambling with their livelihoods when they haul illegal aliens or drugs.

Va. Jails Now Check Immigration Status of Foreign Inmates

Monday, July 28, 2008, 1:37 PM EDT

A Virginia law took effect this month which requires local jails to contact ICE to check the immigration status of all foreign-born inmates, irrespective of whether they are in the country legally.

Obama Administration Rejects Virginia's 287(g) Application

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

The Obama Administration has rejected the application submitted by the Virginia State Police to join the Department of Homeland Security's 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement agents to be trained by federal immigration enforcement officials in order to help

Texas Sheriff Leads National Fight to Save 287(g) Funding

Monday, February 20, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is leading an effort to block proposed budget cuts in the 287(g) program that has helped local law enforcements officers identify more than 275,000 illegal immigrants in their custody, The Houston Chronicle reported. 

House Votes to Preserve 287(g) Program

Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

The House overwhelmingly defeated an amendment to the 2012 Homeland Security spending bill offered by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) that would have defunded the 287(g) program. The amendment was defeated 107-to-313.

Minnesota Senate Passes Secure Communities Bill

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

The Minnesota State Senate passed a bill earlier today that would require the state to enter into the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program.

Los Angeles County to Extend 287(g) Program

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

Los Angeles
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to extend its 287(g) agreement with the federal government despite protests from pro-illegal alien supporters.

Rasmussen Poll Shows Strong Support for Immigration Enforcement

Updated Thursday, October 22, 2009, 11:40 AM EDT

A new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveals that 56% of Americans say that federal immigration policies encourage illegal immigration, and 64% believe that local law enforcement should conduct raids in places where illegal aliens gather to find work.

House Members Show Support for Maricopa County 287(g) Program

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

Rep. Smith & Rep. Franks
Responding to reports that the Department of Homeland Security plans to end its 287(g) agreement with Maricopa County in Arizona, Representatives Lamar Smith and Trent Franks are showing their support for the county.

Grassley: New 287(g) Policies Hamper Local Law Enforcement Ability to Apprehend Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT

In a July 14 letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen.

Virginia County Turning in More Illegal Aliens with 287(g) Program

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:13 AM EDT

Loudoun County in Northern Virginia has seen a large increase in its numbers of suspected illegal aliens turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since becoming a part of the 287(g) program last summer.

287(g) Successful in a North Carolina County

Friday, January 16, 2009, 11:05 AM EDT

In a recent presentation by Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis to the county commissioners, he said the 287(g) program, which has been in place for about six months, has been very successful.

Two Georgia Counties Applying for 287(g)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 2:47 PM EDT

Georgia's fourth largest and fastest growing county is looking to join forces with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help enforce immigration laws. The county applied back in March for the 287(g) program and is still awaiting approval from ICE.

South Carolina County to Increase Local Enforcement

Monday, November 10, 2008, 10:29 AM EDT

Greenville County in South Carolina will join Beaufort and York counties as well as several other municipalities across the country in an effort to increase illegal immigration enforcement.

Missouri Local Police Arrest 12 Believed to be Illegal Aliens

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2008, 12:09 PM EDT

Earlier this week, police in Cape Girardeau, Mo. arrested 12 people believed to be illegal aliens. The arrests make 51 people since July detained by Cape Girardeau police in an effort to help Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Illegal Aliens Leaving Georgia County

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 8:17 AM EDT

The Hall Co. Sheriff's Office signed up for the 287(g) program six months ago and the county has seen a massive outflow of illegal aliens.

Federal/Local 287(g) Partnerships Work

Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 7:14 AM EDT

Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania state legislators attending the annual Quad State Legislative conference learned about why the 287(g) program, which trains local law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities and enables them to initiate deportation proce

Local, Federal Cooperation Yields 31 Illegal-Alien Arrests in Two Days in Arizona

Friday, August 8, 2008, 10:43 AM EDT

Yavapai County, Arizona deputies arrested 31 illegal aliens within two days in an area highly trafficked by human smugglers on Interstate 17, a Phoenix ABC affiliate reports. In one encounter, deputies pulled over a van that appeared to be overloaded.

In the News

White House Takes Wrong Step with Immigration Enforcement

In the News - Friday, February 24, 2012

The Obama Administration has decided to kill one of America’s most successful interior enforcement programs to combat illegal immigration. This decision will undermine state and local law enforcement, encourage additional illegal immigration, and make America less secure.

By Matt Mayer -- Heritage Foundation

Lee Baca: Let us deport the bad guys

In the News - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

These concerns are misplaced, and they put communities at risk. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, working in conjunction with the Board of Supervisors, implemented the 287g program years ago, and we were also early adopters of Secure Communities; we have not had significant problems.

We did have a serious problem, however, before implementing the programs. We had a growing number of criminal illegal immigrants who were taken into custody and eventually had to be released back onto our streets.

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Immigrants and the ‘Secure Communities’ Program

In the News - Friday, March 11, 2011

To the Editor:

“No Exit From a Bad Program” (editorial, Feb. 28) claims that the Secure Communities program is problematic because it results in the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants with little or no criminal record. Such a view is misguided and dangerous.

Secure Communities is the Department of Homeland Security’s comprehensive strategy to improve the identification and removal of criminal aliens from the United States.

While not perfect, this sensible program allows for an automated immigration-history check to be run at the same time as the routine criminal-history check done on every person booked into a local jail. It flags criminals who are foreign nationals and sends a notification to D.H.S., which can choose to remove the offender.

Rep. Sue Myrick -- New York Times

To the Editor:

“No Exit From a Bad Program” (editorial, Feb. 28) claims that the Secure Communities program is problematic because it results in the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants with little or no criminal record. Such a view is misguided and dangerous.

Secure Communities is the Department of Homeland Security’s comprehensive strategy to improve the identification and removal of criminal aliens from the United States.

While not perfect, this sensible program allows for an automated immigration-history check to be run at the same time as the routine criminal-history check done on every person booked into a local jail. It flags criminals who are foreign nationals and sends a notification to D.H.S., which can choose to remove the offender.

Secure Communities simply makes sense. Who wouldn’t want to remove an illegal immigrant who has been arrested by the police for a criminal offense? To make our streets safer, local law enforcement agencies should embrace the Secure Communities program. Opposition to this program is dangerous and foolish.

Sue Myrick

Member of Congress, 9th Dist., N.C.

Washington, Feb. 28, 2011

Rep. Sue Myrick -- New York Times

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Illegal immigration enforcement program takes heavy toll on Hispanic populations

In the News - Monday, January 31, 2011

A controversial program that deputizes local police officers to enforce immigration laws sent the Hispanic population plummeting in many places across the country, including Prince William and Frederick counties, according to a new report released Monday by the Migration Policy Institute.

In some cases, the initial decrease was dramatic, with Frederick County losing 61 percent of its Hispanic population between 2007 and 2009, and Prince William County losing almost 21 percent in the same period, according to the report, which relied on census data and school enrollment figures. The Hispanic populations have since rebounded but not to their previous levels.

By Tara Bahrampour -- Washington Post

SEIU Calls for End to 287g program

In the News - Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yesterday, SEIU Exec. Vice President Eliseo Medina and national and community leaders of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign gathered for a teleconference call to discuss the fundamental flaws in the 287g immigration enforcement program.

This call came on the heels of the release of the report by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's 287(g) program, which gives state and local law enforcement agencies authority to enforce immigration laws. The report points to serious problems with oversight and accountability, indicating that ICE has little control over the program.


Gwinnett Sheriff Lauds Success of 287G

In the News - Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The word appears to be getting out in Gwinnett County: If you're an illegal immigrant, don't get arrested. Because if you do, you could be shipped out of the United States.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has fewer inmates in its jail than at any other time in Sheriff Butch Conway's 13 years on the job.

By Justin Gray -- MyFOX Atlanta

Local Enforcement of Immigration Rules Wins Praise

In the News - Saturday, November 21, 2009

"The folks from ICE, I needed them for resources," McLhinney said. "But they needed me in the community because I was there for 28 years and I knew the crime problems."

"For local law enforcement not to be involved in enforcing illegal immigration ties their hands," McLhinney said, and he added that the wrong message is sent when police officers are told to enforce some laws, but not others.

By Tina Irgang --

In Houston, local sheriffs round up illegals

In the News - Thursday, November 12, 2009

While Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix gets all the media attention for his crackdown on illegal immigrants, eight deputies in an unremarkable office at the Harris County Jail are posting similar numbers for deportation -- and doing so without controversy.

Working two per shift, the deputies refer roughly 1,000 suspected illegal immigrants to federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities every month, helping to make the Southern District of Texas by far the busiest in the nation for illegal-immigration prosecutions.

By Peter Barnes -- Washington Times

Immigration foes pledge new bill, voter initiative

In the News - Thursday, October 22, 2009

Accusing the federal government of hampering local attempts to combat illegal immigration, state Sen. Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and some of Arizona's most hawkish public figures on border security pledged on Wednesday to redouble their efforts with new legislation and a citizens initiative.

By Matthew Benson -- The Arizona Republic

'Toughest sheriff' vows face-off with feds over illegals

In the News - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The man who likes to call himself "America's toughest sheriff," Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., is planning a Friday showdown with the feds.

The sheriff has announced he will defy the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by doing a street sweep for illegal immigrants one day after the expiration of the agreement that has permitted him to conduct such operations for the past three years. The sheriff has said he expects the deal not to be extended, though federal officials have remained publicly noncommittal.

By Rebecca Larsen -- Wahington Times


61% of voters in Arizona approve Arpaio's job approach

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sixty-one percent of Arizona voters approve of the job that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing in Maricopa County. Sixty percent disagreed with the federal governments decision to restrict Arpaio's immigration enforcement efforts.

Arizona State University and Channel 8 (KAET)