Feds not only ones to blame for lax immigration enforcement

Local and state officials are not taking advantage of a program started in 1996 that grants local and state jurisdictions the ability to enforce immigration law with proper training and supervision. There is lots of blame due the Federal government in the lack of immigration enforcement, but States and local jurisdiction have a responsibility as well, and most are not living up to that responsibility.   

Feds Training Local Cops to Arrest Illegal Aliens 

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate authorized 16 additional Alabama state troopers to enforce federal immigration law, following their completion of ICE training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

A Florida deputy sheriff was also authorized to enforce federal immigration law after participating in the same class. Today’s graduation boosts the number of Alabama troopers trained and certified to a total of 60.

The Immigration and Nationality Act includes section 287(g), added in 1996, that grants local and state jurisdictions the ability to enforce immigration law with proper training and supervision by federal authorities. In 2003, Alabama became the second state in the nation to participate in the program by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security. Florida was the first state to participate, in 2002.

While many politicians claim their police officers are not allowed to conduct immigration laws, their excuse for ignoring illegal aliens is a canard. Too few police agencies are taking advantage of the training offered by ICE and DHS.

“Partnerships with our state and local law enforcement colleagues have always been essential to our fight against illegal immigration,” said Paul Kilcoyne, ICE deputy director for investigations.

“ICE and the Alabama state troopers are building on an existing strong foundation by agreeing to train and certify law enforcement officers to carry out certain duties that are traditionally handled by federal immigration officers.”

Alabama Governor Bob Riley said the training and authorization allow the troopers, during the course of their regular duties, to question, detain and arrest individuals who are in this country illegally.

“Alabamians are proud that our state is at the forefront of a growing national effort to combat illegal immigration,” said Riley.

Yes President Bush deserves criticism for the lack of enforcement of immigration laws, but there are very few government officials at any level don’t deserve the same criticism. Only two states participate in this program that expands the partnership between Federal and State Law enforcement officials. It seems that government at every level is adopting a “Not My Job Mentality”. It is thoroughly pathetic that elected leaders are more concerned with keeping their jobs than they are in doing their jobs.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate

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