What to Do About 287(g)?

After a report was released earlier this year by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) with recommendations for the 287(g) program, a subsequent report was released on October 22 stating that the program has significant shortcomings and allows, “local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.”

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act was put into legislation in 1995 and allows local enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. The new report stated that only 5 suggestions for the program have been met out of the 33 given by OIG in the original report. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) still cannot authenticate the programs legitimate use of funding, spending habits, and acceptable operations in the program. According to the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), David Leopold, the continuance of the program undercuts the faith that the public has in the law enforcement agency charged with protecting them.