I have been posting for at least a year about the negative impacts of the so-called 287(g) program that allows local police agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The most notable case of 287(g)’s negative impact on communities is that of Maricopa County and our food friend Joe Arpaio. 287(g) is the program that gives Arpaio the authority to continue his reign of terror in Arizona.
Recently the Police Foundation, a non-partisan Think Tank whose stated goal is “Supporting innovation and improvements in policing“, released a study on local enforcement of federal immigration laws. The result? To be brief: Federal Immigration laws should not be enforced by local police agencies. Period. (Tell us something we don’t already know…)
Some interesting conclusions from the report:
- The costs of participating in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 287(g) program outweigh the benefits.
- Police officers should be prohibited from arresting and detaining persons to solely investigate immigration status in the absence of probable cause of an independent state criminal law violation.
And my own personal favorite:
- Local law enforcement leaders and policing organizations should place pressure on the federal government to comprehensively improve border security and reform the immigration system, because the federal government’s failure on both issues has had serious consequences in cities and towns throughout the country.
So, let’s go back through the list. Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Alan Greenspan, Rahm Emanuel, the two biggsest Labor Unions in the country, the Faith community, Latino and New American Voters and a majority of the American Public all want immigration reform.
And as for 287(g), none of the conclusions of the report are surprising. Let’s hope the administration listens up, instead of pouring even more money into enforcement.