287(g) is a discriminatory immigration enforcement program that has been proven to result in racial profiling. But instead of ending the program, DHS is planning to expand the program next year to 11 new jurisdictions.
287(g)—a program where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) partners with local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration law—has been shown to encourage racial profiling. The 287(g) agreements deputize police officers to act as immigration agents, creating an incentive to use racial profiling in immigrant communities. Furthermore, in the eyes of those working to protect human rights and immigrant rights, the federal government has done a dismal job of providing adequate oversight and training standards to prevent local and state police agencies from the targeting of individuals based on race and skin color.
In December, Rights Working Group signed on to a letter to DHS and ICE calling for the end of the 287(g) program and joined allies for a national day of action urging the White House to intervene and end 287(g). Around the country, RWG member organizations took local actions to end 287(g).
For example, RWG member, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), joined with, faith, community, and civil rights groups to send a letter urging the county to part with its reputation for anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim controversy. As the letter states, “Rutherford County has also been in the national headlines this year for the controversial training on Islam provided to Sheriff’s deputies by a known anti-Muslim organization, the attempts to stop construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and the notorious anti-immigrant record of Rutherford County legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly.”
From Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and across the country, RWG members have been tirelessly fighting 287(g) and exposing the racial profiling the program encourages—and we’re making an impact. Last week, thanks to strong organizing efforts, two Massachusetts sheriffs rescinded their applications for a 287(g) agreement. And Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Progressive Caucus leaders sent a letter to DHS echoing our demand to end the discriminatory program.
The 57 287(g) agreements and 11 proposed agreements are currently under review by ICE. Throughout this month, call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell President Obama that 287(g) must go!
More on the 287(g) program and racial profiling from Rights Working Group and our members:
How Criminalizing Migrants Leads to Racial Profiling by Rights Working Group
Racial Profiling and Immigration Enforcement by State and Local Police by Rights Working Group
Demise of Nashville's Mismanaged 287(g) Program is a Step Forward, and Five Years Overdue by Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
New Study Finds Dramatic Problems with 287(g) Immigration Program by ACLU of North Carolina
End 287(g) in Maryland by ACLU of Maryland
Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement is Constant Threat by Southern Poverty Law Center