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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO CLOSE PROGRAM


Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local
officers around the country to act as their agencies' immigration
officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can
check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on
them.

obmamaThe program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama— only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010.

Now, in their proposed budget for the upcoming year, Department of Homeland Security
officials say they will not sign new contracts for 287(g) officers
working in the field and will terminate the "least productive" of those
agreements — saving an estimated $17 million. All the contracts between
ICE and local police agencies run for three years, so that portion of
the program could be finished by November when the last contract for
field officers expires.

In its budget request,
DHS said officials instead will focus on expanding Secure Communities, a
program that checks the fingerprints of all people booked into local
jails against federal immigration databases. The followup work in those
cases is done by ICE agents, not local police.

"The
Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and
cost-effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority
aliens," the department explained in its budget request.

The
program had been criticized by Homeland Security inspector general
reports, which found that local officers were not being properly trained
and there was not enough oversight to ensure that local agencies
weren't using the program to engage in racial profiling.

A study last year by the Migration Policy Institute,
a non-partisan think tank, found that immigrants developed "fear and
mistrust of authorities" when they realized that local police could act
as immigration agents.

The main complaint
Friday from groups that oppose 287(g) was that the program isn't being
terminated immediately, and that its replacement — Secure Communities —
is not much better.

"The 287(g) program has
been repeatedly called into question by advocates as well as the
Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, and should be
terminated rather than sustained with taxpayer money," said Ali Noorani,
executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
"The Secure Communities program is surrounded by grave concerns about
the impact to public safety, community policing and civil rights
abuses."

Defenders of the program, such as
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, say Homeland
Security is "putting politics ahead of public safety" by cutting back
the 287(g) program. She said Secure Communities is helpful but that
local officers working in the field are better able to identify illegal
immigrants who may not have their fingerprints in federal databases,
making it harder to identify them.

She said
some agencies such as the Colorado Department of Public Safety have used
their 287(g) officers to suppress drug and human smuggling, gang
activity and identity theft and said many sheriffs and police chiefs
prefer the program to Secure Communities.

"The
problem for ICE is that while they may feel that they get political
brownie points for this kind of gesture, in reality what the
anti-enforcement groups want is for them to end 287(g) and Secure
Communities, not curtail (them)," said Vaughan, director of policy
studies for the center. "So it's futile — they end up making everyone on
both sides angry.

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  • JanHopkins 2012/02/23 10:13:52
    Obama; friend of illegals; not Americans
    JanHopkins
    +1
    Kind of weird that the government has a way to sort out citizens based on economics, education, religion, age, sex, and ethnic heritage but when it comes to illegal aliens they suddenly can't do a thing.
  • Sick Boy 2012/02/22 18:15:28
    Obama; friend of illegals; not Americans
    Sick Boy
  • SteveMa... Sick Boy 2012/02/22 21:11:38
    SteveMarine- JLA
    +2
    Sad but yeah... Basically.
  • Sick Boy SteveMa... 2012/02/23 06:05:53
    Sick Boy
    +1
    Tragic!
  • SteveMarine- JLA 2012/02/22 17:54:18 (edited)
    Obama; friend of illegals; not Americans
    SteveMarine- JLA
    +2
    Damn obama... Wish we could deport his worthless ass to Mexico...since he loves them so damn much. We could save millions in a budget if obama would quit flying around AF1 ...and staying on vacations.
  • earl 2012/02/22 17:41:24
    None of the above
    earl
    +2
    What others see plainly, we often are blind to or just ignore.

    When I was about 9 years old, I remember asking my dad about Castro. I asked, "Is Castro a good guy or bad?"

    Dad said...he couldn't tell!! This was about 1955. We were living in Louisiana at the time. Dad was in the Army and stationed there.

    Cuba was fairly close and in the news a lot. The Cubans were asking the same question! Ike was president.

    This past July 4th, we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with a refugee from Cuba . Our dinner conversation was starkly different from most.

    This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early 1960's. His family was more fortunate than most, as they were able to bring a suitcase and $100 when they fled Castro's newly formed revolutionary paradise.

    Our dinner consisted of all-American fare: hamburgers, potato salad, fresh ears of sweet corn and watermelon. This is a menu shared with family and friends nationwide...while celebrating the birth of our beloved America ...on the Fourth of July.

    We began with a simple discussion about our country, and the direction it has taken since Barack Obama came to power. We shared the usual complaints about the sour economy and liberal social engineering emanating from the rulers in Washington .

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    What others see plainly, we often are blind to or just ignore.

    When I was about 9 years old, I remember asking my dad about Castro. I asked, "Is Castro a good guy or bad?"

    Dad said...he couldn't tell!! This was about 1955. We were living in Louisiana at the time. Dad was in the Army and stationed there.

    Cuba was fairly close and in the news a lot. The Cubans were asking the same question! Ike was president.

    This past July 4th, we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with a refugee from Cuba . Our dinner conversation was starkly different from most.

    This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early 1960's. His family was more fortunate than most, as they were able to bring a suitcase and $100 when they fled Castro's newly formed revolutionary paradise.

    Our dinner consisted of all-American fare: hamburgers, potato salad, fresh ears of sweet corn and watermelon. This is a menu shared with family and friends nationwide...while celebrating the birth of our beloved America ...on the Fourth of July.

    We began with a simple discussion about our country, and the direction it has taken since Barack Obama came to power. We shared the usual complaints about the sour economy and liberal social engineering emanating from the rulers in Washington .

    But then he said it. The sentence flowed naturally from our refugee guest. I assume it was unplanned. But it carried the weight of a freight train. "You know when Castro took power, none of us knew he was a Communist."

    We sat stunned. He continued, "Yes, we all thought he was a patriot, a nationalist. Before the revolution, he didn't sound like a radical."

    The comparison at this point was easy, and I interjected, "You mean just like Barack Obama?"

    He responded; "Yes, just like Barack Obama." He continued, "We were all shocked as the government just continued to grab more power. First they said the revolution is over, so please turn in your guns. We all complied."

    I also remember my uncle saying; “ Castro will only nationalize some of the big industries. He will never come and take our family hardware store!!” But that is exactly what happened. Castro started with the sugar mills and the large industries, but they eventually came and knocked on the door of our family hardware store. My family had run this store for generations. They said we now own the hardware store, you work for us. And that four-bedroom home you own...it is now our property, too. You have to move yourself and the five children into those two rooms of the house, because others are moving in here
    with you."

    The lesson learned from this discussion is a lesson most Americans refuse to hear. Political leaders can lie about their agenda and, once in office, they can take totally unexpected turns.

    If you had asked us three years ago if we thought General Motors or Chrysler would be nationalized, we would have never believed it. We could never contemplate a country where the rule of law, the most fundamental building block of a justice society...would be evaporating, just like it did in Castro's Cuba in the early 1960's.

    But the news of injustice keeps increasing; Black Panthers are not charged with wrong doing by the U.S. Department of Justice, because their crimes are against whites; the bond holders of GM are stripped of their assets, without being given due process by the government; car dealerships are closed without due process; governmental leaders are bribed in full daylight, only to have all investigation of the crimes stifled ... by the Attorney General; the U.S. borders are overrun with crime and illegal activity, and the leaders in D.C. act as if it is important to protect the lawbreakers, while the innocent are killed and overrun; when local communities attempt to enforce the law, they are ridiculed, and threatened as racists and bigots. They are sued by the very administration entrusted with enforcing the law .

    Without the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution is a sham!! Without the rule of law, our beloved America is swiftly becoming a country where only the well-connected and politically powerful will be safe. As an author recently and so eloquently explained in her most recent book... "a culture of corruption has replaced honest government" (Michelle Malkin) .

    The only way this problem will be fixed is by massive citizen action. All honest citizens that want to be treated equally must come together and demand that the favoritism, the bribes, the uneven enforcement of law end now!! And yes, it can happen if we all pull together.

    PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!! And...may God save the United States of America ! *

    *...the very least you can do is forward this email. Six million plus Jews didn't believe it could happen in Germany either!!! If you're a Christian in these United States of America , you're probably next on the list. History bears that out. The real problem here is, the boy from Cuba did manage to make it to the U.S. Today he and we will not have any place to escape to...except death! And, for the most part...even though I'm forwarding this to you, probably less then 10 will even read it completely, let alone forward on to others. AS A COUNTRY, HAVE WE BECOME THIS COMPLACENT? WILL YOU JUST TURN YOUR BACK AND LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES? I HOPE NOT... YOU KNOW I DIDN'T, BECAUSE YOU'RE READING THIS, AND NOW I HOPE AND PRAY YOU DO FORWARD IT.
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  • Space I... earl 2012/02/22 17:50:56
    Space Invader
    +1
    AMEN!! Will I get in trouble for saying that? Lord; the MSNBC police might be watching......
  • SteveMa... earl 2012/02/22 17:58:16
    SteveMarine- JLA
    +1
    I've been telling people. Hitler and Obama may as well be brothers from another mother....
  • Space I... SteveMa... 2012/02/22 20:59:14
    Space Invader
    +1
    it's starting to resemble that
  • Space Invader 2012/02/22 17:17:48
    Obama; friend of illegals; not Americans
    Space Invader
    +1
    Like we never saw this coming....

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