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Speak Out: Will Lapsing Immigration Agreement Impact Loudoun?

What do you think about the shift of priorities in ICE's 287(g) program

In December, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced it would end the 287(g) program in Loudoun and several other jurisdictions to focus on more effective types of enforcement for removing criminal illegal immigrants from the country. 

The program allowed local law enforcement to question those suspected of crimes about their legal status and detain or arrest those here illegally, potentially leading to their deportation.

Loudoun's MOA with ICE for the 287(g) program began in 2009.

ICE had 57 Memorandum of Agreements for the program in 21 states, with more than 1,300 officers trained and certified in the program. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked ICE to authorize state troopers under a 287(g) program in 2010, but his request was denied.

The agency said in December it would end 17 of those agreements in 2013 and temporarily continue others — such as one in neighboring Prince William County's jail — in order to put more efforts behind detaining illegal immigrants who are deemed a bigger priority, such as those who have committed felonies, rather than going after those who have committed petty offenses, officials said in a release.

The Secure Communities program, which will remain in place at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, identifies criminal illegal immigrants as they’re arrested and booked when they’re taken into custody. 

Tell us: Will end of ICE program make a difference in Loudoun?

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Paula January 11, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Perhaps this could be analyzed via statistics. Has crime related to illegal immigrants in Loudoun decreased as a result of this program? Based on that, local government could advocate for or against the continuation of this program.
Bob Bruhns January 12, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Herndon Police try to protect Herndon from serious criminals and drunk drivers. I saw the weekly reports of 287(g) actions in Herndon for the past five years. There were a few 'detainers' each week. Typically ICE agreed with Herndon Police, and proceeded with the supposed deportations in most of the cases. Unfortunately, it turns out that ICE was in fact simply carelessly releasing many of the detainees that were in their custody - including murderers, rapists, etc - and ICE was not telling us, and not bothering to tell their victims either. Isn't that nice. Don't believe me? Don't feel bad; I'm used to that. Here is an article supporting my claim. No, it's not an angry article from some xenophobic lunatics - it's from the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe, by the way, happens to belong to the New York Times. ARTICLE: Many freed criminals avoid deportation, strike again Boston Globe, December 9, 2012 http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/12/09/secret-criminals-quietly-released-criminals-who-were-supposed-deported-with-deadly-consequences/864u1YQbUaVcRiSnz6VaxJ/story.html "The vast and secretive US prison system for immigrants, stymied when it tries to deport some criminals, has quietly released thousands, including killers, a Globe investigation shows." I submit that the cancellation of the 287(g) program is just the latest insult to our intelligence from the US Government. It might be time for people to wake up. Ya think?
michael shackelford January 13, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Over 3000 illegal workers in Richmond. Va get rid of them hire the unemployed save us 2 million. A week that's over 100,000,000 a year since ice is losing 17 million ... just a group of leaches sucking up tax dollars. They came to my work did a i9 audit the Mexicans were so scared but they got to stay no questions ask. Get drunk and drive get a 200.00 fine and do it again. Call around Richmond va jails find Carlos Cruz dui hit and run and its his 4th or 5th offense plus was in prison in Guatemala. For murder works for metromont prestress and boy do they love illegals...
Marcus Aurelius January 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM
The end of 287(g) program in Loudoun is good news! Being checked for legal residency at a minor traffic stop invites targetting based on phyiscal profiling. When I was stopped in Leesburg, I received a simple warning for a tail light that was out. Of course, I was a white man with a coat and tie. Folks who look different than I do often fear traffic stops. My African-American friends have told me about the instructions they give their teenage drivers about how to act when pulled over. My Latino friends tell me that they are careful about driving in certain areas of Loudoun because of the frequency of traffic stops. A good friend with a valid green card was almost arrested because the officer doubted the validity of the document. Our neighbors in Prince Williams County still live in fear of the police use of immigration regulations to harass them. While I fully support the deportation of criminals without proper residency documents, a traffic ticket should not be the grounds for immigration investigation.
Bob Bruhns January 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Correction: a few detainers each MONTH, not each week. Sorry for the misstatement.

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