Immigrant Rights and Community Groups call for an end to the 287g program

A large and diverse group of immigrant rights, civil rights and community organizations have signed onto a letter to President Obama, calling for an end to the so-called 287(g) agreement program. As many of our readers know, the 287(g) program allows local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The program has an extensive record of civil and human rights violations and is the same program that allows Sheriff Joe Arpaio to continue his reign of terror in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The National Immigration Law Center, in partnership with NDLON and the Detention Watch Network, have gathered more than 521 organizational sign-ons to the letter. Here is an excerpt:

We applaud your recent remarks acknowledging, that "there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately." However, DHS's continued use of 287(g) program exacerbates exactly this type of racial profiling. In light of well-documented evidence that local law enforcement agencies are using 287(g) powers to justify and intensify racial profiling, Secretary Napolitano's July 10, 2009 announcement that DHS has expanded the 287(g) program to include 11 new jurisdictions is deeply alarming.

This quote gets to the heart of the issue with these agreements. We strongly hope that the administration heeds this call to terminate this destructive program. For a full list of organizations signed on, keep reading. And for the full text of the letter, click here.

The letter will be delivered this Thursday, August 27th alongside a series of local actions from groups around the country.

All of Us or None Center for Constitutional Rights Detention Watch Network Florida Immigrant Coalition Grassroots Leadership Homies Unidos Immigration Law Clinic, UC Davis School of Law Justice Strategies Legal Services for Prisoners with Children National Day Laborer Organizing Network National Immigration Law Center Partnership for Safety and Justice Southern Center for Human Rights Youth Justice Coalition

LOCAL ACTIONS

San Bernardino, CA: Press Conference and 287g letter Delivery Friday, August 28th, 11:00 AM San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Office, 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue San Bernardino, CA Contact: Suzanne Foster, sfoster.peoc@verizon.net, (310) 486-8499

Phoenix, AZ: Press Conference Thursday, August 27th, 11:00 AM Federal Courthouse, 400 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ Contact: Carlos Garcia, carlos@puenteaz,org, (520) 248-1697

Houston, TX: Press Conference and Letter Delivery Thursday August 27th, 10:00 AM Mickey Leeland Federal Building,1919 Smith St, Houston, TX Contact: Cesar Espinosa, americaptodos88@yahoo.com, 713-459-8923

Morristown, NJ: "Not In Our Town" Press Conference and Letter Delivery Thursday, August 27th, 11:00 AM Morristown, New Jersey Contact: Diana Mejia, DMejia@afsc.org, (201)-563-1062

Hendersonville, NC: Candelight Vigil Against 287(g) Friday, August 28th, 5:30 pm Courthouse-Sheriff's Department 201 North Main Street Hendersonville, North Carolina Contact: Dani Martinez, dani@ncjustice.org, (919)-856-2178

Doral, FL: Letter Delivery and FOIA Request to Chief of Police Friday, August 28th, 1:30 PM 9105 Northwest 25th St, Doral, Florida Contact: Subhash Kateel, subhash@floridaimmigrant.org, (347)-524-3374