House Democrats including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Presley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are supporting an initiative led by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) have sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking that the ICE 287 be ended making it much harder to deport illegal aliens who commit heinous crimes. Because as we all know Americans cannot afford any of our criminal elements.
The 287(g) program allows local law enforcement agencies to sign agreements with ICE in order to work together to send criminal illegal aliens back to their home countries either before or after they spend time in prison.
By ending 287, local law enforcement would have to drop out of that partnership. This would accomplish a major goal of The Squad, to keep illegal aliens who commit felonies to remain in the country
Why would they do that? Professional courtesy, the same thing that prevents snakes from biting Democrats. It is amazing to me that people aren’t rising up against the Democrats who are plotting to flood the country with illegal aliens and spending our hard-earned tax dollars with which to support them.
Just in schooling, the unaccompanied minors will cost $500 million a year. We are quickly approaching $140 billion a year on all spending on illegal immigrants.
The group of House Democrats, though, write that the 287(g) program ought to be defunded, claiming it “degrades community trust in local law enforcement:
“As you begin to craft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, we write to ask you to eliminate funding for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s 287(g) program.”
We are pleased that the 287(g) program did not receive any significant increases in funding from FY 2017 to FY 2020. However, with the lack of oversight, no clearly defined strategy for the 287(g) program, and a continued degradation in public trust of local law enforcement, it would be irresponsible for the federal government to continue funding this program. As such, we ask that all funding for the 287(g) program be zeroed out for FY 2022. [Emphasis added]
Defunding of 287(g) agreements would likely mean that law enforcement agencies in 26 states — including the Department of Corrections in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Massachusetts — would be kicked off the program, making it increasingly difficult to cooperate with ICE, even when the most violent criminal illegal aliens are arrested.
The effort is only the latest by Democrats to eliminate ICE’s 287(g) program.
Last month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with a handful of House Democrats, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking him to end the program.