“There have to be bonds of trust between [illegal aliens] and local law enforcement.” Democrat Jon Ossoff
Right so instead of removing dangerous criminals from the community, local law enforcement will have more time enforcing social-distancing and mask edicts while building bonds of trust. Why not amnesty all Americans with outstanding warrants because those people are usually “afraid to call the local authorities” too.
by John Binder – 30 Dec 2020
Democrat Jon Ossoff, running against Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), says he is opposed to local law enforcement agencies cooperating closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep criminal illegal aliens from being released into Georgia communities.
During a campaign stop in Marietta, Georgia, on Wednesday, Ossoff said he opposed local law enforcement agencies cooperating with ICE’s 287(g) program that allows local officers to swiftly turn criminal illegal aliens over to ICE agents for arrest and deportation.
“I think that federal immigration law should be the purview of federal authorities and not local law enforcement, and here’s why, here’s why I oppose the 287(g) program,” Ossoff said. “There have to be bonds of trust between local communities and local law enforcement.”
We can’t have a situation where, for example, if there is domestic violence going on in someone’s household, they are afraid to call the local authorities because everyone’s going to get their papers checked when the local [police department] arrives. There has to be trust between local law enforcement and local communities. And so that’s why I don’t believe that it is the role of local law enforcement to be executing those documentation checks when they’re going about their daily duties going about public safety.
Ossoff’s characterization of the 287(g) program, though, differs from how local police cooperate with ICE agents. The 287(g) agreements between law enforcement agencies and ICE identifies criminal illegal aliens, or those with pending criminal charges, after they have been booked in jail.
The Georgia Department of Corrections currently has a 287(g) agreement with ICE so that criminal illegal aliens who are booked into state jails and correctional facilities can be identified by federal immigration officials and not be released back into communities.
More Georgia localities who participate in the 287(g) program include the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.