As Daily Kos noted, Sheriffs have helped ICE execute its agenda through Program 287 (g), which represents local law enforcement as the federal immigration officer. But it is a deeply flawed program that the Justice Department itself is creating said has led to race profiles. Some immigrants were even separated from their families after being stopped for a simple driving injury.
“Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that 287 (g) agreements in the state were directed primarily against offenders who did not pose a threat to public safety or those with no criminal record,” said the American Immigration Council in the past year. “In that state, a large proportion of the people arrested by 287 (g) officers in Gaston, Mecklenburg and Alamance counties were arrested for traffic violations such as driving without a license and speeding. Overall, 33 percent of those detained under the 287 (g) program have been charged with traffic violations. in Gaston County the number rose to 57 percent. “
Mother Jones reported last fall that Gwinnett County, under former Republican Sheriff Butch Conway, “has helped detain more immigrants than any other county but five counties in states bordering the United States and Mexico.” The two Democratic candidates who then ran to replace the retired sheriff, Taylor and Curtis Clemons, promised to end the agreement. Taylor ultimately won that primary to take on Conway’s deputy, Solis.
“T.There is no evidence here that the 287 (g) program did anything good, anything to influence crime, anything to protect anyone, ”Taylor told Mother Jones in October, suggesting criticism from politicians who claim it somehow makes communities safer, all families. “It created an atmosphere of strong distrust and made immigrants less safe.” I mean, if someone makes the community unsafe, it’s ICE.
The appeal reported in September that the agency had threatened retaliation against the county if its 287 (g) deal were terminated, telling Solis that the agency hadAssign five senior agents to Gwinnett and target businesses, construction sites and homes “when they are thrown in the trash”. Solis said he will continue the deal as sheriff, whether it be because he personally endorsed it or crouched under threat from ICE. Fortunately, Taylor never stepped back from his stance.
“I have problems with them raiding just because I refuse to attend 287 (g).” Taylor said at the time after The Appeal. “At the end of the day, I still won’t be attending.”
With Gwinnett County’s 287 (g) Agreement in the garbage it belongs in, it hangs like a dark cloud on whether ICE is endangering communities and businesses in the county and undergoing its threat as in other regions of the nation. In just one example, the Texas Observer reported in 2017 that a federal judge “upheld” in court that ICE raided undocumented residents in Austin, above Travis County Sheriff is also taking action to restrict working with the agency.