In the Homeland Security Brief released Monday the Obama administration announced it intends to cut funding for the controversial 287(g) program that deputized federal, state and local law enforcement to carry out immigration enforcement.
In light of the nationwide activation of the Secure Communities program, the Budget reduces the 287(g) program by $17 million. The Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and cost effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority aliens. To implement this reduction in 2013, ICE will begin by discontinuing the least productive 287(g) task force agreements in those jurisdictions where Secure Communities is already in place and will also suspend consideration of any requests for new 287(g) task forces.
“What the Obama administration is signaling with its proposed 2013 budget is that it’s getting what it wants out of the comparatively less pricey Secure Communities program,” said Julianne Hing, Colorlines.com’s immigration reporter. “The two local enforcement programs have identical goals but a slightly different design. Where 287(g) allows local law enforcement to enforce immigration policy and initiate a person’s deportation proceedings, S-Comm instead allows the federal government to check out the arrest databases of local police and request that people be detained remotely.”
S-Comm is cheaper, Hing said, and deserves a great deal of credit for helping the Obama administration reach its record-breaking deportation records.
“The Department of Homeland Security is basically saying that it’s confident enough in S-Comm’s ability to help it meet its enforcement and deportation goals. 287(g) may be being phased out, but aggressive enforcement at the local level is not going away anytime soon.”