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Feds Poised to Change Police Immigration Enforcement

China Press, Zhen-yu Li Posted: Oct 08, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government is rethinking the scope of immigration enforcement powers it gives to local police, reports China Press. In light of what happened to a local police officer in Arizona, immigration status verification may be reduced to inside the prison. The federal government has faced increasing pressure from civil rights, labor, religious and immigrant advocacy organizations who have accused the 287 (g) program of leading to racial oppression. But states won't know if their protection agreements are renewed until October 15. Because of the program's controversy, two police stations in Massachusetts have already dropped out of the 287 (g) in protest. Congressman Chuck Grassley said government support of the original plan would include giving local police more training and flexible policies rather than limited power.

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