DHS DENIES VIRGINIA’S REQUEST FOR 287(g) AGREEMENT
Arizona isn’t the only state taking flak from the Obama Administration for attempting to uphold federal immigration law. On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the Department of Homeland Security’s refusal to support Virginia State Police with the 287(g) program which trains local and state law enforcement to identify illegal immigrants in custody for possible deportation.
The DHS’s "no" comes after almost two years of waiting.
McDonnell first asked the DHS in August 2010 to allow 28 state troopers to receive the specified training in order to identify (and hopefully deport) illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes such as “major drug offenses or violent offenses such as murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and kidnapping, as well as DUI offenses.”
In May 2011, Gov. McDonnell followed up with the DHS again asking for formal approval from the feds since Virginia meets all the qualifications and several high-profile crimes have been committed in the state by illegal immigrants.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 explicitly allows DHS to grant state police forces the authority to perform some immigration enforcement functions such as deportations, if those states have a 287(g) agreement with the feds.