Date: October 23, 2017 For Immediate Release: Contact Robin Hvidston at 909.749.1382
CITIZEN GROUPS SAY TO SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR: BRING BACK THE 287g PROGRAM!
The Trump administration has reinstated the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 287g program.
Local activists met with San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman
The 287g program was named for a specific section of the Immigration and Nationality Act.According to DHS, the 287g program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement, in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. http://tinyurl.com/y7bwduoq
The program was introduced by the Bush administration but was discontinued under the Obama administration.
At a meeting last week, representatives from the Chino Tea Party, We The People Rising and The Remembrance Project met with San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman at his district office in Chino Hills to discuss the Countywide Plan.
"In addition to opposing the Countywide Plan, we requested that San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman reintroduce the 287g program to ensure that criminal aliens are turned over to ICE. During the Bush administration, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department participated in the 287g program but then suspended the agreement in May of 2014 because of a federal court ruling," Robin Hvidston, Executive Director for We The People Rising and CA State Coordinator for The Remembrance Project, said. "Supervisor Hagman claimed that the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is cooperating with ICE; however, implementing the 287g program would provide specific federal level training and jurisdiction."
San Bernardino County Sheriff Jim McMahon publicly opposed the CA State Sanctuary bill and is recorded as official opposition in the bill.
"We will continue to encourage San Bernardino County Supervisors to reinstated the 287g program in the county," Hvidston said. "This is a matter of public safety as well as supporting the Trump administration in their push to enforce immigration laws."