A year ago this month, two residents of Mexico who were determined to be “unlawfully present” in the U.S. by county immigration officers were arrested. One man was charged with possession of cocaine and drug-related objects, and had prior arrests and convictions for carrying a concealed weapon and criminal trespass. Another man who was charged with possession of schedule III narcotics and drugs not in the original container had previous arrests and convictions for DUI and probation violation.
Those men were also scheduled for deportation by ICE. Dozens of other similar cases in the last few years lead law enforcement officials to say the 287(g) program — which helps ICE-trained county officers identify inmates who are in the country illegally and have criminal backgrounds — is a success.
But in a USA Today story detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed budget for the coming year, the agency is saying it will not sign new contracts for 287(g) and will eliminate the least productive of the programs, saving the agency $17 million.
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