FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Manager, krushing@Rightsworkinggroup (p) 202.591.3305, (c) 202.557.4291
Rights Working Group, a national coalition of grassroots and human rights organizations, joined 72 other immigrant and civil rights groups and individuals in calling for the end to the discriminatory federal immigration enforcement program, known as 287(g). This notorious and widely discredited program, in which state and local law enforcement agencies are deputized to perform federal immigration functions, has been proven to result in racial profiling, particularly of Latinos.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, Rights Working Group along with a broad coalition of rights groups urged the Administration to end all agreements with states and localities under the 287(g) program. Most of the current 287(g) agreements will expire on or around September 30th of this year unless renewed by ICE. ICE has also indicated it plans to engage in two new agreements in Tennessee and South Carolina.
“Local and state law enforcement should be in the business of protecting communities, not enforcing federal immigration law. The evidence is clear; the 287(g) program is a failed experiment and should be ended immediately,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Rights Working Group.