We Are All Less Safe: Biden Targets ICE Law Enforcement Program

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 8

By Mark Krikorian and Jon Feere on June 17, 2021

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The 287(g) program, created by Congress to enable trained local officers to work in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), serves as a force multiplier by taking illegal aliens who have been arrested for state or local crimes off the street. Lacking the personnel to address the large population of deportable criminal aliens in the country, ICE has developed 287(g) agreements with 146 law enforcement agencies across 25 states.

Former ICE Chief of Staff Jon Feere, now Director of Investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and Mark Krikorian, the CIS executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, discuss the Biden administration’s hostility towards 287(g) and its problematic decision to cancel a 287(g) partnership between ICE and the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts.

In his Closing Commentary, Krikorian addresses the latest 287(g) agreement cancellation. Though a long-time partner with ICE on 287(g) and detention, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio ended its partnerships with ICE after concluding that the Biden administration’s handling of the programs would mean the release of criminal illegal aliens into the county rather than deportation.

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Biden’s DHS Violates a Legal Agreement on 287(g) while Trying to Release Criminal Aliens

Biden Administration Undermines Public Safety by Ending Bristol County, Mass. 287(g) Program

New Numbers Show Effectiveness of Cancelled 287(g) Program in Two Georgia Counties

The 287(g) Program: Protecting Home Towns and Homeland


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Jon Feere previously served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the Senior Advisor to the Director and as ICE’s Chief of Staff from January 2017 to January 2021, a political appointee of the Trump Administration.


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".