Obama Administration Suspends 287(g) Program in Arizona
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT – posted on NumbersUSA
In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, the Obama Administration has suspended the 287(g) program in Arizona. The 287(g) program is an official partnership between local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help enforce federal immigration laws at the local level. Federal officials said the program is no longer needed in Arizona now that the Court has upheld the section of the state’s immigration-enforcement law requiring all police to check immigration status.
Eight law agencies in Arizona currently have 287(g) agreements with the Department of Homeland Security, including the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the City of Mesa, the City of Phoenix, the Florence Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yavapal Sheriff’s Office.
The Obama Administration also announced yesterday that they will only pick up illegal aliens identified by Arizona police if the individual has committed a felony crime.
On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld section 2B of Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law, SB1070. The law requires police to check the immigration status, when reasonable, of individuals they stop, detain, or arrest if they have reasonable suspicion that the individual is in the country illegally.