On March 4, 2010, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a report indicating the Obama administration had only partially completed its plan to undermine state and local enforcement by dismantling the 287(g) program.
Under the 287(g) program, established in 1996 by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act, state and local law enforcement agencies may enter into agreements with DHS to perform immigration law enforcement functions at the local level. These functions may be carried out only after they receive appropriate immigration enforcement training and perform their duties under the supervision of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
As enacted by Congress, state and local governments had broad leeway to determine how to implement 287(g) to best serve and protect the interests of their communities. Obama’s DHS had already announced it was rewriting and standardizing the agreements to ensure that 287(g) operations comport with ICE priorities to identify and remove only criminal aliens.
In this report, the OIG said the operations of 287(g) did not match the administration’s new directives and made numerous recommendations for ICE to fully implement the Obama administration’s plan.
Read more at FAIR’s President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.