Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Local Democracy on ICE: Why State and Local Governments Have No Business in Federal Immigration Law Enforcement

Justice Strategies report issued February 2009 on Operation Endgame and federal-local 287(g)cooperation agreements

"287(g) represents the fusion of two separate systems of law enforcement
power. Once in place, it can lead to further entanglement of these powers as
state and local politicians jump into the campaign to “crackdown” on immigrants.
But civil immigration and criminal law are fundamentally incompatible. The grey
area between civil and criminal law creates a situation ripe for abuse. The
Constitution’s protections against arrest without probable cause, indefinite
detention, trial without counsel, double jeopardy, and self-incrimination, as
well as the statute of limitations, do not apply equally (or in some cases at
all) in the civil immigration context."

READ MORE: http://www.justicestrategies.org/2009/local-democracy-ice-why-state-and-local-governments-have-no-business-federal-immigration-law-en

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