Thursday, August 12, 2010

Virginia Governor Requests 287(g) Immigration Authority for State Police.

In a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell requested a grant of immigration authority for state police under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Section 287(g) establishes a mechanism for formal cooperation between the DHS and state and local law enforcement agencies. 

A number of Virginia police departments are already participating in the 287(g) agreements.  According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website, the following law enforcement agencies currently have 287(g) agreementsCity of Manassas Police Department, Herndon Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Manassas Park Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, Prince William County Sheriff's Office, Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.  

The program permits designated law enforcement officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions.  The local law enforcement officers must receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Read Governor McDonnell's letter here.
Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) webpage here.
See the text of 287(g) (codified at 8 U.S.C.1357(g)).

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