In the midst of rabid Democrats’ and their news media partners’ unprecedented, daily anti-Trump protests, “guerrilla theater” activities and negative — many times dishonest — news stories, President Donald John Trump is going “full steam ahead” with his America First agenda.
Trump is getting set to restore a once successful program that trains and deputizes local law enforcement officers to enforce certain aspects of federal immigration law.
The program received scant attention during a week in which Trump announced plans to build a border wall, hire thousands more federal agents and impose restrictions on refugees from Middle Eastern countries.
The immigration law initiated during President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1996 — the Immigration and Nationality Act — includes section 287(g) that authorizes local and state jurisdictions to enforce immigration law. It also mandates the federal government to provide proper training to local cops who will be supervised by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Although already on the books, it wasn’t put into action until Florida became the first state to participate in 2002, in the aftermath of the 9-11 Islamic terrorist attacks. In 2003, Alabama became the second state in the nation to participate in the program by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security.
If revived, the program could end up having a significant impact on immigration enforcement around the country, despite falling out of favor immediately by most of the Democrats, especially President Barack Obama, who ended the program through executive order despite it being a law passed by Congress and signed by a U.S. President from his own party.
Upon hearing Trump’s plan to restore section 287(g), the news media jumped into action and intentionally or unintentionally reported fallacies and distortions without proof. They and their Democratic Party masters made it appear as if armed officers would smash into the homes of innocent illegal immigrants and drag them out kicking and screaming, according to former narcotics officer Josephine Delgado. “Nonsense. It’s a lie. It’s clear that President Trump wants to remove killers, rapists, pedophiles and terrorists from American neighborhoods,” Sgt. Delgado said.
People need to get their facts straight. This is a quote about the people Trump wants to keep out – “The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico. Many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally….” “I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicans—many of them are working for and with me…and, just like our country, my organization is better for it.” Can any of you come up with a better system than Trump’s for vetting, as the border problems have escalated over the past few years. – Dorene Schwartz-Weitz, Rutgers University
More than 60 police and sheriff’s agencies had the special authority as of 2009, applying for it as the nation’s immigration debate was heating up. Since then, the number has been halved and the effort scaled back as federal agents ramped up other enforcement programs and amid complaints officers weren’t focusing on the goal of catching violent offenders and instead arrested immigrants for minor violations, like driving with broken tail lights.
“How many times have we heard mayors and governors, when faced with complaints regarding illegal aliens, claim that their police officers aren’t authorized or trained to enforce immigration laws? Too many times, if you ask me. Well, either these government leaders are too ignorant to to hold office or they’re out-and-out lying to the American people,” according to a column on an immigration watchdog’s web site.
While many politicians claimed their police officers were not allowed to conduct immigration law enforcement operations, their excuse for ignoring illegal aliens before Obama’s unconstitutional executive order was a canard. Too few police agencies took advantage of the training offered by ICE and DHS.
“Partnerships with our state and local law enforcement colleagues have always been essential to our fight against illegal immigration,” said Paul Kilcoyne, ICE deputy director for investigations. “We are building a strong foundation by agreeing to train and certify law enforcement officers to carry out certain duties that are traditionally handled by federal immigration officers,” he said.