National report offers ‘damning critique’ of 287(g)

Monday, April 5, 2010 at 1:56am

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.”

14 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 4/5/10 at 4:11

Hey! We don't want to violate any of these ILLEGAL'S rights!

What rights? They are in this Country illegally. What part of illegal are we supposed to understand? My understanding, if something is illegal, it is against the LAW! Violaters should be arrested and prosecuted, accordingly.

By: Wild Bill on 4/5/10 at 6:21

Wild Bill,

Ok, you little racist state and local agencies you obviously need to get out of the illegal immigrant catching business. What you need to do is leave it to the federal government because we are so much more competent and compassionate towards these poor (potential democrat voters) than you you local hicks.

Now you never mind the fact that we let that underwear bomber get on a plane with all that info we had on him.

What this report is really all about is a justification for the feds to do or not do whatever they want in regards to illegal immigration. The real fact is the 287(g) program is being to successful in catching and returning illegal aliens and we just can't have that.

By: Dragon on 4/5/10 at 6:59

"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.”

The federal government is supposed to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. the 287(g) program is just trying to clean up the failure.

By: Anna3 on 4/5/10 at 9:23

What ever "It" is....the Feds are getting "It". We need a new President that makes the security of this nation and its borders secure. It's time for Obama to go.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/5/10 at 9:58

uh, Anna, Bush was the one who didn't secure the borders and wanted CAFTA

By: Dragon on 4/5/10 at 10:25

uh, Blanket, Bush was the one who sent down the national guard and was building a fence (until Obama stopped it).

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/5/10 at 11:12

a fence won't solve the issue anyway, Dragon. it's a waste of money.

By: slzy on 4/5/10 at 12:46

maybe someone here knows. what happened to the belmont groper,and has kroger ever explained why they hired him?

By: Dragon on 4/5/10 at 1:01

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/5/10 at 12:12
"a fence won't solve the issue anyway, Dragon. it's a waste of money."

You're right, Blanket. But it will slow them down so the snipers get a better aim.

By: Nash19 on 4/5/10 at 4:28

The solution is to have the Adopt-An-Illegal program. See, if you like you can step up and adopt an illegal. You get to house them, feed them, pay for their education, pay for healthcare, pay for driver's classes and licenses and you get to learn a new language (this is demanded). And if you do it now you also get some get the illegal's family! So you get to pay for all of THEM too! You see, we will see many of those who want the illegals to 'poof' be made legal lined up to adopt an illegal! The problem is solved! Wait, wait, wait...when they actually have to spend THEIR money on the coverage maybe they won't show up in masses!

By: jsnap on 4/5/10 at 5:19

Anyone at all who follows this program knows that Nashville has the most straight forward version of this program in the nation. WHY? Sheriff Hall has put the necessary thoughts and action into it and has made it the most effective program in the nation. The most inefficient way to do anything is to let the federal government do it. If we are not careful, we will be led the path Germany was led years ago. Washington D.C. does not have all the answers. Keep up the good work Sheriff Hall.

By: Casca on 4/8/10 at 2:41

The Immigration conflagration against the--WIDE--open borders movement is supported heavily by wealthy corporate owners, the congregational church and lobbyists.
Numbersusa is fighting for--ALL--American citizens and legal residents. Eight million illegal immigrants have jobs because of parasite businesses, while our government does nothing about the 15 million US unemployed AMERICANS.WE CANNOT TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT AND THOSE WHO BUY THEIR LOYALTY. USE YOUR VOTE TO SPEAK UP. JOIN NUMBERSUSA million of members to fight the battle against another MASS AMNESTY. Whatever the other-side calls it, it is by any name AMNESTY. Together--UNITED--we can stop this travesty of our Immigration laws. We must demand E-Verify as a permanent illegal alien removal law from the workforce.

Enforce--ALL--and every state, county and community apprehension program that includes 287 (G) Audit all businesses and check their employees referencing their I-9 forms for irregularities and bring these pariah businesses owners to federal court. ICE has a job to do and like most immigration enforcement is intentionally under staffed, under funded and not given the necessary directions to perform their duties. Just like E-Verify, 287 G. and any enforcement measure its demonized or any other method of ruining its reputation by the open border usurpers. We can win if we don't unite together. REMEMBER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT HAVE ALREADY VIOLATED THE LAW, WILL WITHOUT ANY DOUBT VOTE IN ANY ELECTION. MILLIONS MORE WILL COME IF WE DON'T HALT IT. THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE TERRIBLE, TO AMERICAS FINANCES.

Read about corruption of our leaders at Show an example of panderers to the illegal alien occupation of our country. THROW OUT SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV) in the midterm elections. This will show that intentionally manipulated polling is just is BS and we cannot lay back on our rear ends. It will influence your lives in the immediate future with third world scorn of our laws and introduce even more poverty, more deterioration of our language and a constitutional rights.

By: Casca on 4/8/10 at 2:42


It is time to make E-Verify, mandated for every large and small business in America. There should be no constraint on its use, and available for not only for identifying illegal immigrants in the workplace. But as its modified, with its further innovation of photo identification and other aggressive purpose. It should be adapted for use in hospitals to detect illegal alien patients and therefore chase them down for payment. We as citizens-residents are hunted down by debt collectors, why shouldn't illegal immigrants? It should be introduced into each state Department of Motor Vehicles for fraudulent drivers licenses and registration. There are other uses derived that would include IRS investigations, child support and much more. The American taxpayers are being deceived and while they support the 20 to 30 million illegal aliens with their families, these people are accessing taxpayer money through IRS fraud. Illegal immigration is unsolvable until the US government does the right thing, and follow the Rule of Law?

That means people who have come here illegally must be removed voluntarily or by force. There will not be any MASS AMNESTY, as it is against the principles of every honest American and the fight will be as at the beginning of the Civil War. Obviously the factions who have bought our politicians and the majority of the population will clash in the proceeding months. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) who was the major instigator the in near demise of E-Verify, will be the first example of THE PEOPLE'S vote to unseat him in the midterm elections. All others, who know they were involved in pushing for another Amnesty will also follow Sen.Reid.

Each state should be aware that foreign nationals are cheating the I.R.S and the American taxpayers out of billions of dollars by using a Earned Income Tax Credit fraud with the use of fake or stolen Social Security numbers. CALIFORNIA is a SANCTUARY STATE and my guess this kind of fraud is underway in most homes of illegal immigrants. Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman or whoever becomes the new governor, better watch for this type of heinous fraud. Whitman might have the money? But does she have the guts to fight the Liberal Assembly, that is pandering to the millions of illegal aliens which Poizner promised he'd do? With a California estimated population of 10 million, it's inevitable that foreign nationals have are well acquainted with this nice, easy scam. Not only can they defraud the US government by filing for non-existent children, they can collect money on their children living in another country. Again, if they exist at all. There is hardly very little follow up on this situation by the limited investigators of the IRS

In South Carolina an investigation brought this large scale fraud to light. “One of the tax credit improperly claimed on a majority of the false returns was for child care expenses,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Stephens “The credit can result in a refund even if no taxes were paid.”


This past week, ten illegal aliens pleaded guilty for their involvement in a $13 million fraud against the IRS. Those found guilty were Edgar Carrillo-Borjas, Miguel Angel Carrillo-Borjas, David Hernandez-Juarez, Ariana Canseco-Orozco, Maribel Juan-Orozco, Cristina Sanchez-Perez, Juan Carlos Carrillo-Roy, Carlos Carrillo-Rodriguez, all of Mexico, and Luis Gerardo Mora-Vargas, of Costa Rica.

“This is the largest tax fraud case that I'm aware of ever occurring in the district of South Carolina,” said the prosecutor “This is an extraordinarily serious case.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin F. McDonald said, “Between 2006 and November 2009, two tax preparation businesses, Seguros Internacionales, operating in Spartanburg and Forest City, NC, and Poz Servicios Para Hispanos, operating in Boiling Springs, along with affiliated individuals filed more than 10,000 federal income tax returns claiming more than $22 million in refunds.”

McDonald continued, “The IRS paid approximately $13 million in refunds before criminal investigators discovered most of the returns filed were fraudulent. At least 20 people were involved in operating the scheme in which tax preparers knowingly claimed tax credits or deductions to which filers weren’t entitled.”

A related tax credit—the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)—pays this person another $1126 if his or her income was less than $16000. For most families in this income bracket, the EITC check is the largest single sum of money. So Illegal alien husbands and wives often file separate returns on which both claim the same kids.” More Evidence of EITC Fraud. Illegal immigrants defrauded the tax credit program. More than one in four immigrant households received the EITC in 2000—nearly twice the 13.2 percent rate of households headed by Native Americans. And because immigrant households are larger via higher fertility, their EITC payments are larger than those received by native households according to Ed Rubenstein, the author of "The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States – and the most illegal-immigrant friendly."

The most distressing aspect of EITC stems from unlawful immigrants tapping into the program on a massive scale. For example, in Greeley, Colorado this year, district attorney Buck Young raided a tax filing agency to find over 1,000 fraudulent returns by unlawful workers. While they paid little or nothing in taxes, they received hundreds of thousands in bogus returns. In 2007, more than 23 million households received more than $47 billion in the EITC payments.”

By: Brittanicus on 9/3/11 at 10:31


The IRS reported it has issued 10.8 million ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers), with a very few being used by celebrities for book signing, foreign investors and whatever other reason? So at the most must leave roughly 10 million illegal aliens as heads of household that have arrived in violation of the law, hired as an infringement of the law, and using ITINs to skirt the law, since the program began in 1976. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on Thursday released an account, unveiling that the Internal Revenue Service, returned $4.2 billion dollars in refundable tax credits 2010 to illegal aliens. Using IRS ITIN numbers so illegal aliens are paying into the US taxation system, but are collecting in ‘earned income child tax credits,’ most of this money back. An illegal alien cannot qualify for a legitimate Social Security number, to file income tax returns, so they use the ITIN number issued by the IRS.

This questionable program was intended to assuage that tax burden on the lowest American income earners, but in recent years has shown to be rife with fraud. President Obama’s stimulus program included tax cuts for low-income workers. Obama’s intention was, to put cash back into taxpayers’ hands, so they will spread it around to heighten the economy. But thanks to the (EITC) Earned Income Tax Credit, the majority of this “tax relief” will go to individuals who have never paid anything in taxes—NOT A DARN CENT—and have already defrauded prior administrations and today’s government in massive sums each year—to Illegal aliens. .” We the taxpayers are the gullible idiots who pay for their squatting here. The Inspector General said that the IRS should require those claiming the credit to prove that they are actually eligible to work here legally? However, IRS management “claims” that they have no legal power to request any proof with the inspection of individual income tax forms. A copy of the Inspector General's report can be found here:

An IRS audit showed that 72 percent of tax returns filed by those using (ITIN) taxpayer identification numbers and not a Social Security numbers claimed the child tax credit. Nearly all ITIN-based returns include W-2 forms that list Social Security numbers, belong to U.S. citizens, IRS data shows. Foreign Nationals use the stolen or fabricated Social Security numbers to gratify the employment necessities of businesses. In violation of the law, the ITIN numbers have also involved in using the IRS number as Identification to open bank accounts and obtain driver’s licenses and to vote.

Illegal aliens as well as Americans are cheating the rest of the taxpayers, with Mothers filing under their Maiden name for perhaps two children, then the Father filing for the same two children as a different tax return under his family name and both receiving child refund tax return dollars. Of course, as always this is just the tip of the iceberg on fraudulent returns.
The federal government is fleeced by sending tax checks to P.O. boxes and addresses in foreign countries.

Frosty Woodbridge wrote for News with Views:

"Your U.S. Congress participates in and supports one of THE most fraudulent taxpayer abuse schemes ever concocted within the Federal Government. It’s time the administration put its foot down rather than allow millions of unlawful immigrants to step onto American soil—while soaking billions out of the U.S. Treasury.

Since the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) became part of the income tax code in 1975, it has quietly become the largest cash transfer program in the United States. At a cost of more than $44 billion per year, EITC spending dwarfs that of the traditional welfare program—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)—and food stamps combined. More than 23 million households currently receive the credit.

Edwin Rubenstein exposed one of the most dramatic tax frauds ever on the American taxpayer: “Defrauding the American taxpayer,” Volume 19, Number 3, spring 2009, Social Contract, “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration - A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism.”

“More than one in four immigrant households received the EITC in 2000—nearly twice the 13.2 percent rate of house-holds headed by Native Americans. And because immigrant households are larger via higher fertility, their EITC payments are larger than those received by native households.

“Bottom line: Immigrants accounted for about 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2008 but receive an estimated 26 percent of EITC benefits—about $12 billion.”
The most distressing aspect of EITC stems from unlawful immigrants tapping into the program on a massive scale. For example, in Greeley, Colorado this year, district attorney Buck Young raided a tax filing agency to find over 1,000 fraudulent returns by unlawful workers. While they paid little or nothing in taxes, they received hundreds of thousands in bogus returns, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. That same scam multiplies all over the country.

“Tax relief" goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. "EITC scams are common, well-organized, and massive," Rubenstein writes in the report. EITC ranks second out of 57 government programs in fraudulent payments.

“But enthusiasm for the credit has blinded policy makers to its problems. The EITC program is dominated by fraud. Year after year about one-third of all EITC returns are based on illegal multiple returns, phony Social Security numbers, or claims of non-existent children or spouses. A disproportionate share of illegal alien households receives the benefit.

“For most poor families, the tax credit check is the largest single sum of money they will receive during the year. Most receive it after filing income taxes. But some need the money immediately, and they can get it—for a price. A niche financial sector thrives by lending EITC recipient’s immediate cash in return for a hefty chunk of their credit check. The cost to the poor of these so-called Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) has been estimated at 6 percent of the entire EITC program.

The EITC is the most illegal-immigrant friendly of poverty programs; illegal immigrants constitute a far larger share of the poverty population now.

Implication: The EITC is a textbook case of unintended consequences. Our economic meltdown may be among them."

There is only one cure for the corruption in federal agencies and that is joining the TEA PARTY. Thousands of fraudulent programs will be exposed and billions of dollars will be saved. This confronts the rot that has entered the Democratic and the Republican parties, and the astronomical deficit that America is suffering from. Read some unrevealed evidence at Judicial Watch, that is a legal non-profit, being There the opposite to the Communist backed ACLU; a panderer to the illegal alien invaders. In addition, NumbersUSA gives you in depth analysis of costs to taxpayers and insider news from Congress. Lastly, the controversial website of “American Patrol” gives you one-click Bridging editions to the nationwide media, where the truth prevails. It is no wonder that millions of illegal aliens can send $46 billion dollars a year to families, via foreign banks?

1. Remember illegal aliens do vote in federal elections, and we all need to contact our politicians, to either issue an official to scrutinize voter rolls, or specifically absentee ballots.
2. ISSUE a mandatory federal ID card, for all Americans.
3. Make illegal entry punishable as a felony, not a civil offense.
4. Build the real 2006 Double border Fence.
5. The TEA PARTY will not tolerate illegal immigration or any form of amnesty, including Sanctuary cities, dream acts or covert enactments by disguising Immigration Reform.
6. The TEA PARTY will support Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and other states against any retribution by the Democratic or Republican establishment.
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