For Immediate Release


Chris Newman (213) 380-2785,

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

DHS Issues Report on Its Disgraced 287(g) Program NDLON responds: "It Should Be ENDED not MENDED"

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Department of Homeland Security released a report
by the Office of the Inspector General entitled "The Performance of
287(g) Agreements.    A copy of the report is available here.    Last year, Over 500 civil rights organizations implored President Obama to end the flawed 287(g) program.  Additionally, he Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a strongly worded letter to the President calling for its complete termination.

Since then, Department
of Homeland Security has come under fire for misrepresenting its
emphasis on identifying high-risk immigrants guilty of serious criminal
offenses.  The former ICE official in charge of 287(g) under the Bush
administration was quoted saying about the program, "If you don't have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he's illegal, we can make him disappear."   Last
week, the immigrant rights community was shocked to discover that ICE
encourages deportation of non-criminal immigrants through apparent use
of quotas. 
The following is a statement of Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network:
are baffled by a report that describes the 287g program's irreparable
flaws without prescribing its termination.  The fact that the 287(g)
program is an acknowledged failure and it has not yet been ended raises
serious doubts about the current administration's willingness to reform
immigration law.   The National Day Laborer Organizing Network has
called for the termination of 287(g) and the "Secure Communities"
program, which is essentially a rebranded version of the same failed
program.    There is no evidence these programs serve the nation's
interest, but there is indisputable proof that they have been used to
violate civil rights of immigrants and non-immigrants alike.  
Moreover, police chiefs throughout the country have stated that these
programs actually endanger the public by discouraging community
policing.    The fact that the federal government allocates 68 million
dollars for the 287(g) program is emblematic of the broken immigration
system we are currently living with."

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