Report Faults Training of Local Officers in Immigration Enforcement Program By Julia Preston Published: April 2, 2010But really, who cares? Who cares if there inconsistencies, for one thing? The whole point is to engage the local law American law enforcement community, (there are perhaps 700, 000 of them) to do something about illegal immigrants in their communities. Since they're in different towns and cities, with different cultures, they're supposed to be inconsistent.
State and local police officers who enforce federal immigration laws are not adequately screened, trained or supervised, and the civil rights of the immigrants they deal with are not consistently protected, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.
The report by the department’s internal watchdog was a sweeping review of a program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Through agreements signed with about 60 county and state police forces, the program allows local officers to question immigrants about their legal status and detain them for deportation.
The inspector general’s report describes the program as haphazardly administered, with local agencies detaining and prosecuting immigrants with little oversight from federal agents and significant inconsistencies from place to place. [More]