State and local police are having second thoughts about working with the federal government to enforce immigration laws, reports USA Today. Under the “287(g)” program, agencies are trained to check legal status of prisoners and suspects, and to initiate deportations. Several police agencies complain that rules set by the Obama administration would cost too much time and money and could damage their relationship with immigrants.
Yesterday was the deadline for new contracts with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Until then, 66 agencies participated and 11 planned to join, Rocha said. The Framingham, Ma., Police Department ended its contract Oct. 1 because the new agreement would have given officers a more active role in deporting illegal immigrants, which its budget won’t allow, Houston probably won’t join, said a spokesman for Mayor Bill White.