Some examples of dangerous individuals who were taken off the streets in Gwinnett and Cobb Counties under 287(g)
Elections have consequences and, in the State of Georgia, a consequence of two local sheriff races could be a reduction in public safety. The only question is: How badly will the new sheriffs’ policy changes affect community safety? Both newly elected sheriffs pledged to eliminate the 287(g) program — a program designed by Congress to enable trained local officers to enforce immigration laws under ICE supervision and to serve as a force multiplier for ICE, which lacks the personnel to address the large population of deportable criminal aliens encountered by local authorities. Trained officers are able to use ICE databases to determine the immigration status of inmates and initiate immigration charges under ICE supervision, eliminating the need for an ICE officer to be present at the jail. The program currently is used only in prisons and jails, and therefore involves only those criminal aliens who have already been arrested for a crime.
Newly elected Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor cancelled the law enforcement partnership on January 1.
- Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) accounted for 4,262 foreign-born encounters in FY 2020, 25.2 percent of all 287(g) encounters nationwide (16,903).
- GCSO has reported 57,911 foreign-born encounters since the inception of the program in FY 2009 through FY 2020.
New Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens has pledged to end the program within his first 100 days in office.
- Cobb County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) accounted for 1,097 foreign-born encounters in FY 2020, 6.5 percent of all 287(g) encounters nationwide.
- CCSO has reported 21,984 foreign-born encounters since the inception of the program in FY 2007 through FY 2020.
Nationally in 2020, the 287(g) program encountered approximately:
- 37 aliens convicted for homicide;
- 920 aliens convicted for assault;
- 1,261 convicted for dangerous drugs;
- 104 convicted for sex offenses/assaults;
- 377 convicted for obstructing police; and
- 190 convicted for weapons offenses.
Here are some examples of dangerous individuals who were taken off the streets in Gwinnett and Cobb Counties under 287(g):…see the rest here.
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