Writing to the Department of Homeland Security, the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concerns that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been given too much power under the Trump administration.

In the letter, the ACLU is requesting that the federal law enforcement agency end cooperation between local police departments and ICE, calling the government’s present agreement “one of the worst federal immigration enforcement programs.”  

The program, titled 287(g), allows state and city police departments to work together with federal agents and assist them in carrying out their orders, which the ACLU argues should not be allowed to two dozen jurisdictions across the United States “that have records of abuse and anti-immigrant animus.”

“The Trump administration has recklessly expanded the program to include jurisdictions volunteering to join Trump’s deportation force. 287(g) has been expanded despite its troubled past, without transparency or oversight. The costs of enmeshing local law enforcement agencies in the business of federal civil immigration enforcement far outweigh the benefits,” the ACLU wrote.

ACLU policy counsel Chris Rickerd argues that “287(g) has long been one of the worst federal immigration enforcement programs and has directly contributed to egregious civil rights violations by notorious figures such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona as well as Sheriff Terry S. Johnson in Alamance County, North Carolina, which is re-applying to join the program.”

The ACLU’s appeal was directed to Scott Schuchart, the senior civil rights advisor at DHS, calling on the federal agency to reject new applications to join the program and cancel cooperation where it currently exists between ICE and around 60 police departments in 18 states.

It is worth noting that the ACLU has not made any legal challenges to the Department of Homeland Security, and that it is simply a request.  

  • Robert A’Beuy

    Fine, have the local police deliver the perps to the ACLU chapter office and let them deal.

  • webkilla

    so… enforcing current legislation is a bad thing now?

    • Ruth Gauthier

      always has been. The left passes laws for you to follow not them. Notice how the left never abides by the laws they do not like. We need to enforce the aiding and abetting laws.

      • And the mental health laws for folks like you that one minute say something almost intelligent while spewing conspiracy in the next..

  • BlueBoomPony

    Ah, I have the perfect Trump tweet. “I request the ACLU take American out of its name”

    • Lana Archer Garbani Herod

      Agreed

  • kamenetz

    The ILLEGALS are CRIMINALS, first and foremost. Since their 1st act in this country was criminal, they need to be deported, end of story. Period. How hard is this for libturds to understand????? GTFO!

    • bobruark

      furthermore they are not American citizens thus not entitled to the rights and privileges that go with being a USA citizen

  • Conservwarrior

    Every person, parent, family who has children murdered, raped, or injured by one of these illegals needs to sue the sheriff’s and politicians who are responsible for letting them go.

  • Ralph Kern

    I think I’m a dinosaur. It was , once upon a time, taught that one of the primary responsibilities of government is to advance and protect the well being of it’s own citizens. Now, it appears that placing the interests of illegal (criminal) aliens above those of American citizens is their goal.
    And this is no longer solely a Democrat platform. Look at all the Republicans signing on to DACA.

    • Ruth Gauthier

      one world government or new world order how ever you ID it. The powers to be want total control of the entire planet. The US is used by the NWO for the militarily as a way to force countries that do not abide by the wants of the NWO.

  • Steve

    Tough.

  • HT

    It’s the government’s job to protect and secure our borders. The ACLU can go F itself.

  • Adrian Valle

    Cuckoo

  • Lana Archer Garbani Herod

    “Alien Center for Law Undermining” is the real name for them then? Not surprising since they’ve always ONLY rep’d the criminals of “diversity”. They gives a fat rat’s about caucasian races.