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Friday, February 24, 2012

Immigration enforcement program to be shut down

By Alan Gomez, USA Today: WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies' immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.

The program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama— only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010.

Now, in their proposed budget for the upcoming year, Department of Homeland Security officials say they will not sign new contracts for 287(g) officers working in the field and will terminate the "least productive" of those agreements — saving an estimated $17 million. . . .

DHS said officials instead will focus on expanding Secure Communities, a program that checks the fingerprints of all people booked into local jails against federal immigration databases. The followup work in those cases is done by ICE agents, not local police. . . . [Read Full Story]

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Johnny Publique said...

I knew early on this president was a liar but I had no idea one man could commit so many blunders without the American people standing up getting out and saying "enough is enough!"

2/27/12, 9:52 PM  
Blogger Travis70 said...

Wow, a savings of 17 Million???That is pocket change when compared to the amounts spent on keeping illegals here. The cost of identity theft, healthcare, housing, foodstamps, jobs etc. runs into the HUNDREDS of BILLIONS. Yet this administration (lovingly named Bush's 3rd Term) seems to think 17Million is worth bragging about.

3/8/12, 9:11 AM  

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