287g training from ICE sought by many U.S. jurisdictions
Immigration enforcement training under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for state and local law enforcement officers provides an important and necessary tool to help our public safety officers protect our communities. After receiving approximately 4 1/2 weeks of ICE training, state and local police and sheriff's deputies have the authority to help enforce U.S. immigration laws.
Numerous jurisdictions in the U.S. are already participating in the program. Following is a list of links to information about counties, towns, cities and states currently participating or considering it.
To start with,
here is an excellent overview of how the program works.
From the ICE Web site: initial participants were the Los Angeles County City Jail, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Alabama State Police.
Mecklenburg County, NC has served as a sort of test case for other jurisdictions considering the program, reporting outstanding success in removing illegal aliens from the community, and access to federal databases not available to non-287(g) trained police and sheriff's offices, for quickly identifying illegal aliens detained for criminal offenses.
The Herndon, VA town council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to seek a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with ICE to obtain training for local police officers.
South Carolina using Georgia's bill as a model, and plans to have it on the agenda in January.
The local citizens' group HelpSaveLoudoun is pushing now to have something like the Georgia bill on the agenda for the Virginia legislature's next session in February 2007. At the same time, they are urging the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to seek an MOA from ICE to institute training for Sheriff's deputies and officers at the Adult Detention Center.
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