Thursday, June 2, 2011

House Votes to Preserve 287(g) Program

House Votes to Preserve 287(g) Program...The House overwhelmingly defeated an amendment to the 2012 Homeland Security spending bill offered by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) that would have defunded the 287(g) program. The amendment was defeated 107-to-312....The 287(g) program provides for training of state and local police officers by federal immigration enforcement agents. Local officers who complete the program can then enforce federal immigration laws at the local level. Rep. Polis' amendment would have stripped more than $5 million of funding for the program from the Homeland Security spending bill...Republicans unanimously opposed Rep. Polis' amendment, while Democrats were divided with 107 supporting the amendment and 81 opposing it.

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