Friday, February 27, 2009
REPORT Local Democracy on ICE: Why State and Local Governments Have No Business in Federal Immigration Law Enforcement
Justice Strategies issued a report entitled "Local Democracy on ICE: Why State and Local Governments Have No Business in Federal Immigration Law Enforcement." The report begins:
"287(g) is a tiny provision in federal immigration law that allows Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take local police away from their mission of fighting crime, and pull them into the murky territory of targeting immigrants for arrest without suspicion of crime. ICE described the 287(g) program as a public safety measure to target “criminal illegal aliens,” but its largest impact has been on law-abiding immigrant communities. Rather than focusing on serious crime, police resources are spent targeting day-laborers, corn-vendors and people with broken tail-lights. This report details findings from a year-long investigation of 287(g) by Justice Strategies, and recommends that the ICE program be terminated."
For Anna Gorman's report on the study in the LA Times, click here.