The Obama Administration will shut down an Immigration Enforcement program known as 287(g) according to the Department of Homeland Security. Shutting down the program will save an estimated $17 million dollars which will no doubt be wasted on a welfare program of the Administration’s choice.
287(g) is basically the deputizing of local law enforcement officials to act as Federal ICE agents in the Immigration battle. But why would we need to continue that program when the feds seem to do such a bang up job all on their own?
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.
Instead of funding a proactive program where agents contracted by ICE can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them, the Obama Administration is opting for the more “efficient” reactive program of checking fingerprints of individuals already booked into local jails against immigration databases. Basically, wait until they’ve already committed a crime before determining if they are illegal aliens or not.
Immigration enforcement program and Obama just doesn’t mix. It’s another roadblock thrown in the way of curving our illegal immigration problem. A problem in fact, that Obama and the liberals don’t want to solve.