The Immigration Policy Center in Washington, D.C., released on Friday what it called a “damning critique” of the federal 287(g) program.
The report on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program issued by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General highlights what the IPC calls “numerous shortcomings that lead to abuse and mismanagement and raises serious questions about the wisdom of state and local immigration enforcement partnerships with ICE.”
In its release, the IPC wrote that the report found the program to be “poorly managed and supervised,” “lacks strict guidelines for implementation,” doesn’t gather necessary data for tracking how the program is being used and doesn’t properly reach out to the public, leading to inaccurate information about 287(g) in the community.
The release quoted IPC Director Mary Giovagnoli as saying, “The OIG report is further evidence that the Administration has yet to distinguish between deporting large numbers of immigrants and making us safe.
“In the rush to engage state and local law enforcement on federal immigration matters, ICE has created a program that lacks oversight, undermines community relations, and breeds mistrust. As proven time and time again, a deportation-driven strategy exacts a high toll on individuals and communities with little real impact in stopping illegal immigration.”
Karla Weikal, spokeswoman for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, said Sheriff Daron Hall in implementing Nashville’s version of the program has been proactive in explaining the program to the community, and his office hasn’t waited for mandates from the federal government to improve its implementation of the program.
She said Davidson County’s 287(g) program uses the jail model of the program in which individuals are only processed after police arrest them as opposed to the task force model which deputizes officers to actively seek immigration violators out on the street.
“Nashville is unique, and there are several checks and balances in this city that really don’t hold up to the criticisms that you could make in other jurisdictions,” Weikal said.
On the issue of public outreach, Weikal said, “Sheriff Hall is really the only sheriff in the nation who put together an advisory council that was an extremely large council and made of some of the most active immigrant advocates in the community.
“I would just say that we don’t necessarily need the federal government to tell us to do certain things because we are already doing them.”