Rapidly Expanding 287(g) Program Suffers from Lack of Transparency

10/9/18 During his first week in office, President Donald Trump …called for a rapid expansion of harmful 287(g) agreements, through which state and local law enforcement personnel are deputized to enforce federal immigration laws.
For years, jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program have faced legal challenges resulting from allegations of racial profiling and civil rights abuses. In addition, they have come under serious criticism regarding financial mismanagement and for their role in facilitating the deportation of thousands of immigrant residents over traffic violations and other minor offenses in their communities. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report that was deeply critical of ICE’s management and oversight of 287(g) programs and that raised concerns relating to poor compliance with the terms of the agreements, inadequate officer training, and a general lack of transparency and accountability.