According to an article on latimes.com:  “A coalition of advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama last week demanding that the administration end a program that allows local police to enforce federal immigration law.”

Ending the 287(g) program would be a wise move for several reasons.:  (1) it encourages racial profiling and leaves room for abuse; (2)  immigration law is federal and should be enforced by the federal authorities – we would not want the local police enforcing federal tax laws, immigration is no different;  and (3) the concept of “community policing” that has proven effective over decades becomes more challenging as immigrants will be less likely to assist authorities in prosecuting and/or reporting serious crimes for fear of immigration consequences – in other words, a shift from working together to fight crime to an “us versus them” perspective becomes inevitable. 

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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