Long Island Wins: Government report faults police/immigration deputization

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(Excerpt from) Long Island Wins
by Pat Young

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a report finding major problems with the deputization of the police as immigration enforcement officers. Referred to as “287g agreements” after the section of the law creating the program, the Bush inititative allowed local police to enter into agreements with ICE, arguably giving them the power to enforce immigration laws which had previously been within the exclusive jurisdiction of Homeland Security.

The stated goal of the 287g program was to facilitate the arrest and deportation of felons, but many of those swept up by it were arrested for minor traffic violations or so-called “quality of life” crimes, like carrying a can of beer…

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