Lou Dobbs Segment on 287(g) Changes

By Jon Feere and Jon Feere on October 7, 2009

I appeared on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight for a segment on the Obama administration's changes to 287(g), a highly-successful program that allows state and local law enforcement officers to assist ICE in carrying out immigration enforcement. Many activist groups opposed to enforcement of our immigration laws are seeking to end the program.

In a letter to President Obama, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus bizarrely claimed that 287(g) is "dangerous to community safety." In reality, the program has taken over 120,000 illegal aliens off the streets since 2006, any number of whom are members of dangerous street gangs, for example. It boggles the mind how the Caucus can suggest that ending the program would be a benefit to public safety, but that is exactly what the Caucus has requested.

Although the clip is short, my pieces on the problematic changes to the program are available here:

The Obama Administration's 287(g): An Analysis of the New MOA

DHS Task Force Seeks Weaker 287(g)