For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting
October 27th 2016
NDLON Response to New 287(g) Agreement in Harford County, Maryland
Los Angeles -- On Wednesday, the Harford County Sheriff's Office in Maryland signed an agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office that officially declares their participation in the 287(g) program. While the Sheriff uses tired claims arguing efforts to “protect public safety” the program has been widely criticized as one that not only criminalizes immigrants, but actually undermines the work of local police. In response to this announcement NDLON issued the following statements.
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON said:
“We were stunned and baffled by the news that the 287(g) program has brought back to life by the Obama Administration. We call upon the President and DHS Secretary Johnson to immediately terminate the 287g program which has criminalized immigrants, resulted in massive civil rights violations, and endangered communities by undermining community policing."
Salvador Reza of Tonatierra in Phoenix, Arizona said:
"Joe Arpaio is exhibit A as to why 287(g) should have been discontinued on Janet Napolitano’s first day at DHS. Instead, the Obama Administration chose to pursue the Arizonification of the country by entangling the mass incarceration and mass deportation systems. In Maricopa County, the truth is that DHS has been an accomplice to Arpaio’s civil rights violations, and the the Department of Justice has helped them both get away with the crime. The decision to expand the 287g program at this point is disgraceful."
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (“NDLON”) applauds Congressman Polis and Congresswoman Chu's appropriations amendment, which would defund the failed 287(g) immigration program, ending the infamous deportation program once and for all.
"The fact that the White House is still requesting money for 287g is frankly an unreported scandal," explains NDLON's executive director, Pablo Alvarado. "Even Joe Arpaio himself now acknowledges that the program leads to profiling. At this point, the only ones defending the 287g program are the Heritage Foundation and the Minutemen. Congress can show its commitment to immigration reform by saving the taxpayers the expense of program which imperils public safety and violates civil rights."
Sheriffs in several states have asked the federal government to expand their local deportation powers. The new agreements will be reviewed by DHS as soon as next week.
Can you call the White House today and urge them to deny these pending applications and also finally put an end to the entire 287(g) program?
The 287(g) program gained notoriety in 2007 through its strongest proponent--the abusive Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Plagued by controversy, the 287g program was supposed to be phased out according to the Administration. Yet today the program is still destroying communities in 57 local jurisdictions and now some Sheriffs are looking to expand it to additional counties in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama and Virginia.
President Obama won re-election with a mandate to do better on immigration, not to continue broken policies like 287(g). The 11 new applications and the active counties are up for review by the Department of Homeland Security. We need to make it clear that 287(g) should be a thing of the past. Our families belong together. It's police and ICE that should be separated.
Can you take 3 minutes to call the White House and tell President Obama: "No More 287(g)!"
"My name is ______________ and I'm calling from ___________. I am calling to urge the President to stop the expansion of 287(g) to new jurisdictions nationwide and end the program altogether. We want to see a difference on immigration in the President's 2nd term. The road to reform can start by terminating 287(g). It leads to racial profiling, makes us all less safe, and should be ended. Thank you."
We need you to join with Florida Immigrant Coalition, ACLU of Florida, North Carolina Justice Center, Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino Americanas, ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Centro Presente, VA Legal Aid Justice Center - Immigrant Advocacy Program, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and NDLON.
Together we can make the difference.
Mary Rose Wilcox, Pastor Stewart, Puente, ACLU Cite Pending Humanitarian Crisis, Call for Suspension of Secure Communities, Termination of All 287(g) Agreements in Arizona
PHOENIX, 6/27/2012 -- In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in the Department of Justice SB1070 case that allowed section 2B, the racial profiling section of the law to move forward, more than one hundred Arizona-based organizations and notable individuals sent a letter calling on the state's former governor, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, to end DHS' collaboration with Arizona to prevent a pending "humanitarian crisis."
With parts of HB 87 temporarily blocked, community still threatened by Governor’s appeal and already existing 287(g) and the so-called ‘secure communities’ program.
06.27.2011 Atlanta, GA. Today Judge Thrash announced a temporary and partial injunction on HB 87, enjoining sections 7 and 8 of the state law while allowing other sections to move forward. Governor Deal promptly declared his intention to appeal the decision.
Teodoro Maus of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), plaintiff in the injunction suit responded to today’s announcement saying,
“We know that the law is unconstitutional. We will continue organizing until it is erased from Georgia’s books and our community is respected in this state for all we contribute. We ask our neighbors to take this moment to correct the false image of our community that has been created for them by hate-mongering anti-immigrant efforts.”
Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR added, “The court decision is a positive step forward but our communities still face discrimination from police empowered by the Obama administration’s 287(g) and secure communities programs.
The criminalization of migrants is the wrong direction for our country regardless of whether it is state laws or federal programs propagating it. We now need an injunction on the federal level to stop programs that separate families. We need to turn toward a pathway for legalization.”
Gwinnett and Cobb counties are two of the most egregious examples of the racial profiling and discriminatory policing that occurs under federal ICE Access programs such as 287(g). HB 87 would have been an escalation of the already existing violations of civil and human rights of migrant and Latino communities in Georgia. Advocates are calling for the federal government to take a more active role in preventing implementation of HB 87, ending its own initiatives that have resulted in racial profiling and discriminatory policing, and pursuing genuine immigration reform.
GLAHR continues to call for a Day without Immigrants on July 1st and a march in recognition of the migrant community’s role in Georgia at the capitol on July 2nd. The partial injunction marks a temporary victory but dangerous segments of HB 87 are still moving forward. In that the Governor has already pledged to appeal its decision, the struggle for immigration reform and against racial bias in the state continues. ...
- July, 2008: Arpaio Sued Over Racial Profiling
- 2009 Report: Arpaio Law Enforcement Slows as Immigration Enforcement Quickens
- Feb, 2009: Arpaio Creates Outdoor Tent-City Segregated by Immigration Status
- Sept, 2010: Arpaio Uncooperative in DoJ investigation
- July 30, 2010: Arpaio Wrongfully Arrests Local Human Rights Leader
- May, 2011: Groups Call for Resignation