Janet Napolitano of DHS undermines 287g program (Joe Arpaio, Phil Gordon)
On Friday, Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security announced new rules for their 287g program that allows local police to help in the enforcement of immigration laws. The goal of the new rules is clearly to undermine such enforcement, especially by those like Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio.
according to Homeland Security, the updated 287G agreement addresses concerns that people are being arrested for minor offenses as an excuse to deport them. That's an accusation that the Sheriff has heard many times.
"I don't think they like my crime suppression operations. I also feel this is somewhat going toward amnesty," says Arpaio.
All law enforcement agencies participating in 287G will need to sign the new agreement in order to continue -- and the new agreement has a provision that the sheriff's opponents are applauding.
UPDATE: The DHS press release on the new rules is at dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1247246453625.shtm
The ACLU has filed a FOIA request in order to get the details as part of their campaign to end the program entirely.