Janet Reno Napalitano took action yesterday to end the effectiveness of 287(g) the section of Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 that was once used by local law enforcement agencies to be trained in and initiate removal proceedings against illegal aliens that the law enforcement agency encounters in the normal function of their local law enforcement activities. http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1247246453625.shtm In a deliberate swipe at local agencies that were arresting illegal aliens and initiating removal proceedings in the course of enforcement of misdemeanors and infractions, Janet Reno Napalitano ended that practice. Now illegal aliens who have been arrested by local agencies will have to be fully proscuted for the minor offenses before removal proceedings can be initiated.
It is wasteful of government resourses to prosecute a criminal suspect for minor offenses for which they would not receive much or any jail time if they can be more easily deported. Most misdemeanors and infractions usually result in only fines and probation or sentences less than a year. It it much wiser to remove that person from the U.S. than to try and get a small fine or a short probation sentence.
This new policy will result in few illegals removed from the U.S., discourage local agencies from participating in 287(g), and allow more illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. for the upcoming amnesty.
In a flagrant lie, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Secretary John Morton, who never made an arrest in his life, said "allows us to better utilize the resources and capabilities of our law enforcement partners across the nation." Which is demonstably not true. The capacities and resources of local law enforcement will not be better used, but used less and ineffectively against illegal immigration.
The new standards are also a clear attack on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, who on a yearly basis, arrest more illegal aliens in Maricopa County than ICE.
It appears that ICE's new acronym should be NICE, No Immigration and Customs Enforcement.