Carrollton to Exit Controversial 287(G) Deportation Agreement
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September 5, 2017
CARROLLTON EXITS CONTROVERSIAL 287G DEPORTATION PROGRAM
Hours after President Trump moved to end DACA protection for young immigrants, community re-doubled effort calling on City Council to defy Trump’s hate, exit 287(g)
Carrollton, Texas—On Tuesday evening, the City Council of Carrollton, in north Dallas County, announced that it will sever its 287(g) deportation agreement with the federal government. The announcement came after several weeks of growing pressure by a broad coalition of residents, activists, and civil rights groups demanding an end to ICE’s presence in the local jail.
“In the midst of state sanctioned attacks on immigrant communities in Texas – SB4 and the end of DACA – a group of activists have pushed their city council to end the last city-level 287(g) agreement in Texas,” said Nolan Adams of Carrollton Community Movement. “The power of local activism will always trump acts of oppression.”
The 287(g) program, now labeled Trump’s favorite deportation program, is an optional agreement between the federal government and a city, county, or state. It allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to “deputize” local officers to carry out immigration enforcement. More specifically, it is a force-multiplier for Trump’s immigration enforcement to cast a much more expansive deportation net.
“The feeling of watching your parents worry to venture out because of their accent is something that no one should feel,” said Juan Carlos Cerda of Texas Organizing Project. “That is why we will continue to fight, so that policies like 287(g) do not become the law of the land.”
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