I want to say something bitingly clever about the 287(g) program, but I just don’t have it in me today. Last night, on all the news channels, they were talking about what a great success this has been, so great, in fact, that there’s now talk of petitioning the Feds to give us an immigration judge right here in Nashville, so that we can more quickly process the people who have immigrated here illegally.
So, see, everyone wins. The sheriff’s office now has something other than coordinating bulk trash pick-up to do. Politicians get to look like they’re doing something about the immigration problem. People who like to appear tough on crime get to appear tough on crime. Locals and Feds get to coordinate. Other communities get to go back to their tax payers and say, “Hey, if we raise taxes, we can get the computers we need to be hooked in with the Feds so that we can get 287(g) here, too!”
But before we all run off celebrating how awesome this all is, I just want to point out to you two unfortunate facts:
Via Braisted: “While Hall originally predicted around 4,000 unauthorized immigrants would be detained in the first year, only 3,000 were identified as non-legal residents.”
Via Lamb: “80 percent of those processed for deportation hearings were arrested on misdemeanor charges.”
In other words, oppressing and harassing brown people may not be the boom industry it’s being celebrated as.