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Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces that the Federal 287(g) Program will receive the full funding of $50 million requested by President Bush and promised by Chairman Hal Rogers of the Homeland Security Committee. This program will allow local law enforcement agencies to apply for federal funding to assist in enforcing immigration laws in their jurisdiction. This is a voluntary program and allows local agencies to take advantage of a variety of services and the flexibility to better serve their citizens. It is the lack of action on the part of the federal government that has allowed their jails and streets to swell with illegal immigrants, said Poe. This program will address the financial burden put on these agencies by giving them the much needed funding to assist in the effort to end illegal immigration in our country.

Funding to the 287(g) Program includes:
  • $15.5 million for staff and training at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • $23.1 million for local law enforcement to use the Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC), a federal database of immigration violators
  • $11.4 million for the additional bed-space that will house illegal immigrants as a result of local arrests
Earlier this month, Congressman Poe proposed an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to fund the 287(g) Program. Chairman Rogers supported the amendment, but advised that the program would receive additional funding from another source at which time the amendment was defeated on the premise it would receive the full $50 million in the final bill.

Congressman Poe continually meets with first responders throughout the 2nd Congressional District. Recently he held a local law enforcement meeting to discuss the problems surrounding illegal immigration on the local level. Each official at the table was given the opportunity to offer their opinions and suggestions on how to address the illegal immigration issue. In that round table discussion the general consensus was reached that there needs to be effective federal border enforcement before addressing the other issues. The lack of border security has created a tremendous burden on every level of law enforcement, Poe said. Currently, once illegal immigrants get past the Border Patrol there is a belief that they are home free that misconception is about to end. I encourage all local and state law enforcement agencies to take advantage of this program, end sanctuary policies in their cities and assist the federal government in enforcing our laws.

Local law enforcement agencies interested in applying for funding under the 287(g) program are encouraged to visit the following links for more information or to obtain an information packet:

General Info: http://www.ice.gov/partners/287g/Section287_g.htm
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.ice.gov/partners/287g/Section287g_faq.htm
Information Packet: http://www.ice.gov/exec/s287g/section287g_packet_request.asp

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