What do you think illegals demand end to 287(g) but offer very little evidence to back up Racial profiling?
What do you think illegals demand end to 287(g) but offer very little evidence to back up Racial profiling,Unreported hate crimes, Families separated and parents deported for making “insignificant” mistake ?A group of fewer than ten immigration activists made a litany of accusations against the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement in general on Thur afternoon during a press conference in front of the Collier County courthouse. They called for complete and intensive immigration reform and the end of the Sheriff’s Office’s Three year-old 287(g) program, which gives trained deputies the federal authority to act as immigration and deportation agents.
However, when asked for evidence to back up their accusations against the controversial program, the activists had very little to offer.
“We’re looking for the data right now,” said Felipe Matos, 24, an undocumented immigrant from Brazil and a national organizer for the Basta (Enough) 287(g) campaign that’s planning similar stops around the country. “Right now we know the community is very scared, and the community is not reporting crimes.”
When asked for names of people who he believes the Sheriff’s Office deported without warrant, Matos refused.
“I can’t release names because if I was to release names, I would be going against the very will of the people who are scared to come forward right now,” he said.
Since the inception of 287(g) in Collier County in 2007, the Sheriff’s Office has placed nearly 2,700 immigration detainers on illegal immigrants for removal from the country, the agency reports. The Sheriff’s Office’s 287(g) program has 2 sides, a corrections program which checks the immigration status of everyone booked into the jail, as well as an investigative program, which targets and arrests criminal aliens with approval from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Sheriff’s Office reports that criminal aliens detained through the corrections program have an average of 5 prior misdemeanor arrests and 1 prior felony arrest, while those detained through the investigative program have and average of 7.5 prior misdemeanor arrests and 3.3 prior felony arrests.
“By identifying and removing these individuals from our community we're keeping Collier County citizens and visitors safe,” Sheriff’s Office talkedswoman Michelle Batten said in an e-mail.
Rather than keep the community safe, Grey Torrico, 23, of the FL Immigrant Coalition, said the 287(g) program creates “discomfort” for both legal and illegal immigrants.
“Victims of crime are less likely to report, and witnesses are at times too scared to say what they saw,” Torrico said. “Many hardworking families have been torn apart by the deportation of a parent detained for any insignificant mistake. 287(g) is not a solution to the current immigration crisis.
“On the contrary, it has created a climate of racial profiling and community insecurity.”
When asked if he approves of the deportation of violent criminals, Matos said that he only has a problem when “unjust laws get enforced in an unjust manner.” When asked, hypothetically, if he would support deporting an illegal immigrant guilty of rape, Matos said he was unable to give a “concrete answer.”
“I’m not ready to answer that question because I don’t feel comfortable without looking at the whole situation instead of looking at very specific cases like that,” he said.
Matos said that because of 287(g), victims of domestic violence are being booked into jail, another charge the Sheriff’s Office denies.
“We have always encouraged anyone who has evidence of racial profiling to bring it to our attention,” Batten said in an e-mail. “To date, we have not had a single complaint. Additionally, we're not aware of any studies that conclude immigrants are less likely to call law enforcement when there is a 287(g) program in place