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Houston Clergy, Residents Protest 287(g)

Rumbo, Posted: Jul 22, 2009

HOUSTON -- Immigrants and political activists are denouncing the 287(g) plan, which was expanded to 11 new U.S. communities, including Houston, Texas.

The 287(g) program is an agreement between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local police forces, and allows police to check the legal status of city prisoners. The mayor has stated that
the agreement will not be used by Houston police to enforce immigration laws in the streets of the city, but neighbors remain on edge. The religious group Pastors in Action sent a letter to Houston Mayor Bill White urging him to reconsider the implementation of the program. According to the letter, converting police into immigration agents has serious economic, employment, social and family implications.



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