Wednesday, May 5, 2021
So-called 287(g) agreements between the U.S. government and state and local law enforcement have seen a roller coaster of a ride over the years. Popular during the Bush administration, the Obama administration dismantled the 287(g) program. President Trump, in his all-out effort at immigration enforcement, brought 287(g) agreements back.
Now, Suzanne Monyak for Roll Call reports that more than two dozen Democrats called on House appropriation leaders to cut funding for a program that facilitates collaboration between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration authorities. Led by Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., the lawmakers warned that continued funding of the 287(g) program will undermine trust in law enforcement within immigrant communities, discouraging undocumented immigrants from reporting crimes. “A degradation in community trust permits more crime to occur and endangers law enforcement officials,” they wrote in the April 30 letter, first obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Pushback against the 287(g) program has gained traction in Washington. Last month, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., along with Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., put forth legislation to end the 287(g) program.