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America’s Silent War – GAO Investigates 287g Immigration Policies

A March 3rd, 2009 NY Times article questions the design, management, reporting and usefulness of the controversial 287g laws.  These federal laws were designed to deport illegal immigrants who committed violent felonies through the use of locally deputized law enforcement officials.  Local law enforcement throughout the nation, including locals in North Carolina, have received federal funding from the department of Homeland Security to deputize officers to handle immigration matters. 

Due to a lack of clear goals and inadequate reporting for this controversial program, no one knows the number of people who have been deported wrongfully from the United States for low-level crimes other than felonies and the US’s Government Accountability Office is now investigating the program.  A recent study by the UNC School of Law and North Carolina’s ACLU Legal Foundation found that 287g immigration policies are resulting in numerous problems including ‘racial profiling and community insecurity’ within Hispanic communities.

The birth of these flawed immigration laws came out of the September 11th attacks.  In an effort to secure the United States’ borders, local law enforcements’ actions against a primarily Hispanic population are misaligned, wasteful of federal resources and culturally insensitive.  It’s time for policymakers to realize that these laws are not targeting the terrorists that they were designed to ‘weed out’ and that this is not a simple immigration issue.  This has become America’s silent and targeted war on people whose ethnic origins originated from below the southern borders of the United States.

2 Comments

  1. Eugene Barufkin

    March 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    This should be attached, so I will do it.

    March 4, 2009
    Top of the morning by Chris Fitzsimon

    Support for capital punishment is falling in North Carolina, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

    When asked “what is the most appropriate punishment for first degree murders,” 47.8 percent said the death penalty, 38.9 percent said life in prison without parole and 8.9 percent said it depended on the evidence.

    When Elon pollsters asked the same question in November of 2005, 61 percent said the death penalty was the approrpriate punishment. That’s a drop of 13.2 percent.

    Not suprisingly, when asked only if they favor the death penalty for first-degree murder, support rises to 58.3, but when asked only about life without parole as the punishment, 71.7 perccent say yes.

    Despite some media reports to the contrary, the public is also evenly divided about the current death penalty moratorium in place while the courts resolve the role of doctors at executions.

    46.6 percent of people polled support the moratorium, while 44.7 people oppose it.

  2. Mike

    July 11, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    If someone is in this country illegally then they should be deported – felony or not.

    What part of illegal do the bleeding heart liberals not get? It’s pretty straightforward.