USA Today is reporting that the immigration program known as 287(g) is coming to an end.
The program gives authority to local law enforcement officials to act somewhat like immigration agents and enforce immigration law in their areas.
Being deputized as agents, local law enforcement officials are allowing to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally or anyone stopped for various other reasons (speeding, DUI, violence, etc.)
The Department of Homeland Security recently released their budget proposal. It the proposal the DHS states that it will not sign new contracts with ICE to continue 287(g)’s implementation, and will instead focus on the expansion of Secure Communities.
In the budget request, DHS wrote, “The Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and cost-effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority aliens.”
Secure Communities is similar to 287(g) in that it involves local law enforcement in immigration matters, but different in that it allows them to run the fingerprints of those suspected of being in the country illegally through a federal databases.