06 November, 2021

There Are Two Problems With This Headline

Biden Administration Blocks This Sheriff From Detaining Illegal Immigrants (dailysignal.com)

  1. They have no legal authority to do so
  2. The last word should be “Aliens”. We don’t use the term “Illegal Immigrants” here. The word immigrant implies certain rights they don’t have.

Ah. But there’s a catch. Maybe they do have the right. He was detaining them at an ICE center. And it was ICE telling him to stop. Conceivably he could detain them somewhere else.

He recalled the county’s 287(g) program contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 287(g) program is named for the section of the Immigration and Nationality Act that promotes partnerships between federal, state, and local governments to enforce federal immigration law.

“Sheriff, we’ve got some bad news. We’re shutting down your 287(g) program,” he recalled the ICE official saying in the May conversation.

“We’ve been doing this for 25 years. We’ve never failed an audit. Why would you be doing this?” the sheriff responded.

“Well, we are talking about retooling things and we don’t think we need as many beds,” the ICE official responded, according to the sheriff.

Basically, ICE was telling him that they’re not going to do their jobs, so they would appreciate it if he didn’t either.

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