End 287g - a failed experiment that tears families apart
287g has become a license for police officers to terrorize immigrants, driving a wedge between local law enforcement and Latino communities. Even worse, 287g sets a precedent that is being picked by states like Arizona, which are using the program’s existence to justify the passage of damaging laws like SB 1070. It’s time for President Obama to end 287g now, and keep his pledge to be an ally in the fight for immigration reform.
Below is the letter we will send to President Obama on your behalf.
The time is long past due for you to show the leadership you promised and end the failed 287g program. Any potential value the program has in expanding our nation’s ability to enforce immigration laws is vastly outweighed by its devastating effect on immigrant communities, and the mountain of evidence that the program does little to increase public safety. Even your own Inspector General found massive flaws in the program, including lack of even the most basic oversight or concern for civil rights.
It’s clear that in many communities, 287g has become a license for police officers to target and terrorize immigrants regardless of whether they have committed other crimes. This policy drives a wedge between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, diverts funds from the crime fighting police should be doing, and further polarizes our country. Even worse, 287g sets a precedent that is now being picked up by states like Arizona, which are using the existence of 287g to justify the passage of damaging laws like SB 1070. The federal government must reassert its authority over immigration enforcement, and that begins with ending 287g.