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March 4, 2009

287(g) Hearing

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 4, 2009

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon on the role of state and local law enforcement in immigration enforcement.  The hearing will focus on Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 Eastern.  It is to be webcast.  I will be airborne.  If any reader will be at the hearing or can monitor the webcast, please use the comments function to report out details.

As part of the hearing the GAO is to release a new study now  available from the GAO website. Today’s Washington Post provides a summary report.

A study condemning the track-record of state and local authorities in immigration enforcement was released on Saturday by Justice Strategies, a program of the Center for Community Alternatives.

Dr. James Jay Carafano, a Senior Research Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, has argued the benefits of 287(g).

UPDATE:  The Associated Press filed this report on the hearing.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 5, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

There is a basic confusion in the world of immigration policy between US criminal code enforcement (Title 18 of the USC) and civil violations. This who arena is loaded with discretion including prosecutorial discretion. It would be interesting to compare the US Attorney’s manual before and after INS left DOJ and became part of DHS. INS was the biggest stepchild in all of DOJ in my opinion and there is still too short a period of record since the transfer to DHS to place all the problems on DHS shoulders. Still they have the burden now and if I was a local mayor I would be concerned with how my personnel involved in 287(g) are trained and commanded.

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