Wednesday, April 7, 2010

287 (g) on Thin ICE

287 (g) on Thin ICE
April 02, 2010
Inspector general Report Finds Lack of accountability and oversight

Washington, DC - Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a report on the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s 287(g) program. This program authorizes local law enforcement agents to enforce federal immigration laws. The program has created tensions within communities where local law enforcement agents have used their delegated authority to conduct large-scale operations in Latino and immigrant communities. Law enforcement organizations and officials have cautioned against participating in 287(g) partnerships that foster community distrust and operate with inadequate supervision. The Inspector General’s report indicates that ICE has little control over the program, and is unable to assess whether it meets ICE’s stated goals. Following is a statement by Brittney Nystrom, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs for the National Immigration Forum, a non-Partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington.

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