Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Proposal to Abolish 287(g) Program

From Presente.Org

Presente.Org Backs Amendment Abolishing Discriminatory, Dangerous 287(g) Program

Joins National Demand that President Obama Come Out In Support of Chu-Polis Amendment

Petition Here. joins the national call to support a bill in Congress that would effectively abolish the discriminatory and dangerous 287(g) program. Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, the bill would defund the 287(g) program, which deputizes local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. The failed program is, along with the “Secure Communities," responsible for the mass racial profiling, jailing and deportations of Latino immigrants.

“The failed 287(g) program is a complete and tragic failure,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of “Instead of including 287(g) in his budget, President Obama should take a stand and end this failed program by supporting the Chu-Polis amendment.”

The Chu-Polis amendment would end the program by cutting $3.4 million from the administration's line item for the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Since its inception in 2001, the 287(g) program has been characterized by scandal and waste, and the White House promised to end it. It was also championed by Sheriffs like Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. During a recent court ruling that found him guilty of racial profiling and other infractions, Sheriff Arpaio credited the 287(g) program with enabling him to profile people. By adding this program to his budget, President Obama is breaking his promise to end it.


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