287(g) Enforcement Training Moves Forward in Loudoun
At the October 17 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, your humble narrator represented HelpSaveLoudoun by delivering a brief presentation to accompany HSL's Proposal to the Board regarding ICE training for Sheriff's Office personnel.
This followed Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio's initiative last month requesting Sheriff Steve Simpson seek training for local officers under the ICE 287(g) program which provides training and authorization for local law enforcement personnel to serve as force multipliers for ICE.
In layman's language, the 287(g) authorization allows local law enforcement personnel to do what most citizens think their public safety officers already do. For instance, if an illegal alien is involved in an auto accident or stopped by police, the current practice apparently is to not issue a citation if at all possible because illegal immigration is a "federal" matter. The local cops don't have authority to deal with it. With the ICE authorization, illegal aliens are more likely to be detained and - by virtue of access to the ICE biometric database - the cops can quickly check their status and detain them if they are found to be in the US illegally.
Leesburg Today initially reported Sheriff Simpson was looking into the matter:
Seeking to bring the Loudoun County government into the debate over illegal immigration enforcement, Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) asked the sheriff Tuesday night to participate in a national program that provides training required for local deputies to perform certain duties of federal immigration enforcement officers.
Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson told supervisors that he needed to review the program, called Section 287(g)-an amendment to the 1996 Immigration and Nationality Act-before he could make a decision on whether he wanted his deputies to take the training...
"It's kind of a toss up right now about what it's going to do for us," Simpson said about the program. "At minimum, we get some good training out of it."
Hearing the sheriff's concerns, Delgaudio asked Simpson to return to the Nov. 20 Public Safety Committee meeting with a report on his findings and statistics of the number of illegal immigrants detained in the Adult Detention Center. Simpson said he was aware of at least nine federal deportation detainers for locally held inmates.
Today's Washington Post reports the Sheriff is now moving forward on getting some of his deputies trained:
Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson (R) told several members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors this week that he would like some officers in his gang unit to receive the federal training. Last month, Herndon Police Chief Toussaint E. Summers Jr. also expressed interest.
Simpson's proposal received a warm reception Wednesday from several county supervisors. The full board may vote on the issue before year's end.
"Several" supervisors is encouraging, because at the October 17 public hearing only Supervisor Delgaudio commented on our presentation.
Kudos and thanks to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Simpson for pushing ahead on getting ICE training for some of Loudoun's finest. If any county in the nation deserves to have this authority, Loudoun's officers should be the top of the list.
You can read the entire HSL proposal here.
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