The 287(g) program was intended to join local law enforcement with federal immigration officials to enforce laws at the local level. The program has been successful and has gained momentum in recent years, but the Obama Administration is revamping its contracts with local law officials, which significantly weakens the purpose of 287(g).
Most 287(g) participants check immigration status for all crimes committed, but the new directive only allows local police to check immigration status in violent crimes including rape and robbery as well as major drug offenses, burglary and fraud. All 66 police requirements participating in the program must sign a new contract detailing the guidelines in the next 90 days.
Since the programs inception in 1996, local law enforcement officials have identified more than 120,000 illegal aliens.
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