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

Rep. Smith & Rep. Franks

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.

Both Rep. Smith (R-Texas) and Rep. Franks (R-Ariz.) serve on the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Smith is the Ranking Member and Rep. Franks represents Maricopa County. They released a joint statement earlier today.

This unbelievable move by the Obama Administration represents a politicized attempt to hinder one of our most effective illegal immigration enforcement mechanisms, the 287(g) program.

The key to combating illegal immigration is federal, state, and local cooperation. This is why we believe it is crucial for the federal government to continue to support individuals like Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the implementation of agreements under section 287(g), which provides for the Department of Homeland Security to delegate authority to enforce federal immigration laws to state and local officials.

To date, hundreds of local officers have been trained in enforcing U.S. immigration laws, and nowhere in the country is this more critical than in Maricopa County. Currently, over 33% of inmates in Maricopa County Sheriff facilities are illegal, and more than 53% of violent crimes in Maricopa County are committed by illegal immigrants.

The fact is, the 287(g) program works. Thousands of illegal immigrants apprehended for other crimes are being identified and deported.

Claims that the program was supposed to focus only on serious crimes are false. In fact, the program was created to let state and local law enforcement officials help enforce all immigration laws, not a select few. We must not forget that we live in a post-9/11 world and have a profound responsibility to secure the borders of this nation to prevent another terrorist attack. Terrorists are looking for our weakest link and will exploit such weaknesses at any cost. Border security and national security are inextricably linked.

Local law enforcement agencies deserve the thanks, and not punishment, of the federal government for helping to address the problem of rampant illegal immigration, especially in area like Maricopa County that see an increase in crime, drug trafficking, and other issues because of it.

Instead of launching a politicized attack against a local law official who has yielded great success with the 287(g) program, the Obama Administration should replicate the success we have experienced in Maricopa County in other areas that are desperately in need of similar solutions. It is reprehensible for DHS to bully law enforcement officials who have honorably served this nation and the state of Arizona by enforcing federal and state laws and who are continuing to work to protect the American people.


SC County’s Innovative Business Auditing Program Curbs Illegal Employment

Articles - Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Beaufort County has made great strides in creating a lawful employment environment in the South Carolina Low Country by implementing a creative and pioneering auditing program to help local businesses achieve compliance with immigration laws while exposing problems with fraudulent documents that enable illegal workers to get jobs. The effectiveness of this effort is further enhanced by strong state laws on illegal hiring and the county’s participation in the 287(g) program. These enable local law enforcement agencies to prosecute violators and have illegal workers removed. Local officials report signs that the illegal alien population in Beaufort County has been noticeably reduced.

By Jessica Vaughan - Center for Immigration Studies



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)


In the News

Illinois withdraws from federal immigration program

Quoted - Thursday, May 5, 2011

Both actions drew criticism from groups seeking tougher immigration enforcement.

"Illinois is without competition the most pro-illegal immigration state in the country, even before this," said Roy Beck, executive director of the Virginia-based NumbersUSA organization.

By Antonio Olivo -- Chicago Tribune


Feds' target Arpaio, jeopardize us

Quoted - Saturday, October 24, 2009

State and local involvement in immigration-law enforcement is essential these days, as foreign nationals bent on terrorism remain a looming threat, as Mexican drug cartels and other international crime syndicates extend their reach into American communities, and as illegal workers increasingly resort to identity fraud to stay employed in scarce jobs.

By utilizing immigration-law-enforcement tools in connection with local crime-suppression operations in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been keeping us all safer.

By Jessica M. Vaughn and James R. Edwards -- Arizona Republic Op-Ed


"Toughest Sheriff in America" Stripped of ICE Agent Status

Quoted - Monday, October 5, 2009

In response to the news, NumbersUSA Vice President of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks said Monday afternoon, "State and local law enforcement officers have the inherent authority to enforce all the laws of our land, including immigration laws, with or without 287(g) agreements ... society as a whole benefits if officers have the training they need to identify immigration violators wherever they may encounter them ... NumbersUSA will continue to encourage state and local law enforcement officers to use their inherent authority and their common sense to enforce our immigration laws."

By Dawn Teo -- Huffington Post


Group expresses support for 287 (g) program

Quoted - Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hvidston said We the People, California Crusaders is a San Bernardino County group which works peacefully within the political system and is affiliated with Numbers USA, a national group which seeks to limit illegal immigration.

“We target institutions which are the real culprits behind people who are in our country illegally,” she said.

Fontana (CA) Herald 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.

Los Angeles Times


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 -- SouthernMaryland.com


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