Sunday, October 21, 2012
Michelle Waslin on Immigration Impact reports that the 287(g) program has been controversial and criticized for years, and immigrant advocates have demanded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) terminate the program. Section 287(g) of the Immigrtaion & Nationality Act allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to enter into agreements that delegate immigration powers to local police. A new development raises questions about the future of the program.
ICE recently sent letters to all jurisdictions that have 287(g) partnerships informing them that their Memoranda of Understandings (MOAs) – which expired on September 30 – have been extended through December 31, 2012. Additionally, ICE stated that they are phasing out the 287(g) task force models because they “have proven to be a less efficient means of identifying priority individuals subject to removal compared to other enforcement programs.” It is unclear whether task force models will be ended after December 31, or whether a more gradual phasing out is planned. Apparently ICE is phasing out the task force model in favor of Secure Communities, which is already activated in most jurisdictions across the country.