Yesterday, ICE agents testified before a Congressional House panel about the 287(g) program, which has been severely scrutinized in recent months for its ineffectiveness and tendency towards racial profiling. The hearing came on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report that revealed the program is “dysfunctional” and leads to the “misuse of authority” on the part of law enforcement agents.
After yesterday’s hearing, ICE has announced it will re-write the 287(g) agreements that it currently holds with 67 local law enforcement agencies, in order to provide “greater guidance and control” over the program.
The truth, however, is that no amount of retooling of this program will change the dire need for Comprehensive Reform at the Federal level. Asking local entities to enforce federal law will be a cause for confusion and misuse of authority, no matter what language the new draft of the agreements contain. Just ask Sheriff Joe Arpaio whether “greater guidance and control” will mean anything to him.