Jan Brewer Hysterical Over Homeland Security's 287(g) Move

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First headless bodies in the desert, now this...

Governor Jan Brewer is in the throes of a full-on hissy fit in response to the news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is yanking its 287(g) agreements with Arizona law enforcement agencies, supposedly in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier today to uphold the "papers please" section of Senate Bill 1070.

Thing is, the announcement concerning the 287(g) agreements is mostly a PR move, according to immigrant rights advocates, and there is evidence aplenty to back up that contention.

Under the 287(g) program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (which is part of DHS) entered into agreements with local agencies, allowing officers to be cross-trained as ICE agents. The officers would then be allowed to enforce federal immigration law under ICE's supervision.

Earlier this year, DHS proposed a gradual phase-out of the program in favor of its so-called Secure Communities initiative, which allows local jails to share information about those arrested and booked with the feds and thereby, identify undocumented aliens. 

According to ICE's website all 15 of Arizona's counties participate in S-Comm. Moreover, the information being relayed to newspapers via unnamed DHS sources indicates that the 287(g) programs in Arizona's jails will remain active. 

Only the "field enforcement," i.e., the 287(g) programs that train officers for work on the streets, will be discontinued. 

Chris Newman, a lawyer with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, called the announcement "wholly insufficient," and mocked the idea that it would have a significant impact upon how localities partner with the feds on immigration.

"I think it's worth asking [Sheriff] Joe Arpaio what impact it had when his task force authority was cut," Newman said. "In effect, he said nothing changed."



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Anon
Anon

Is respectful and professional behavior by a Governor to much to expect? 

Bobby
Bobby

What are you trying to say? Your analogy is idiotic.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The only "balls" on our Arizona governor is the round rocks in her head!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Because we CAN NOT SEAL THE BORDER.  It's impossible.  The East Germans tried it and they still could not do it.  You're asking for an expenditure of tax money so vast that it would make medicare look like vanilla pudding.  This for a problem which actually NETS the US economy a 1 point increase in GDP.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

You have yet to comment on East Germany's attempts to seal their border - is that what you're wanting?  Machine guns and barbed wire?  You know even with all the murder and mayhem the East Germans were UNABLE to keep their border with West Germany closed. People still made it through.  You are officially on my "nut list."

Kay
Kay

I don't know where you people came from or what you're smoking...but it can't be legal!!  Go outside and get some fresh air...and don't let Joe's boys catch you walking around the street because they don't do well with 5150's.

Kay
Kay

Of course they do..there will always be greedy SOB's, regardless of professed political beliefs, that exploit others.  I see his point, just like I see Hitlers, they're both still full of shit!

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