CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY
SAY NO TO $150,000 FOR NC SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION FOR ENFORCEMENT OF 287(G)
On Thursday April 9th the NC Senate passed its budget, and is now in the process of review by the NC House. The Senate Budget, if passed by the House, would give the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) $150,000 to use for “immigration enforcement services.” The budget dictates that the money be used for “salary replacement funds associated with officer training.” This means that the NC Senate has decided to support NC Sheriff’s who sign new agreements with ICE to begin the 287(g) program in their counties.
BUT WHAT CAN WE DO?
Tell our legislators to cut funding for the NCSA and Immigration Enforcement! In the next several weeks, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety will review this portion of the budget, and they will decide what to do with this $150,000. They can decide to give it to the NCSA, cut it from the budget entirely, or send the money to some other government program.
Call the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety, and tell them:
1) To completely cut the $150,000 to the NCSA for immigration enforcement activities
2) That since the beginning of the Obama administration no new 287(g) agreements have been signed between ICE and local law enforcement agencies. Also, ICE has a backlog of applications for new 287(g) agreements. It is unlikely that any NC Sheriff will begin training their deputies for 287(g) any time soon. Therefore, the NCSA does not and will not need this money.
3) That according to a January 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-109 the 287(g) program has not been adequately supervised by ICE, and that in four North Carolina counties statistics show that the program has not been successful in accomplishing its primary goal – that of removing the most dangerous criminals from our communities. The GAO report has shown that ICE has failed to provide structured measures of accountability to its partner agencies.
4) That NC does not need local immigration enforcement like the 287(g) program because this does nothing to address our broken immigration system. In fact, this program has instilled much fear in the undocumented immigrant communities in our state and has pushed these individuals further into the shadows.
5) The abuse of this program has severely diminished the trust between Latino communities and local law enforcement agencies across the state regardless of whether those agencies have the 287(g) program or not. This makes the job of law enforcement that much more challenging.
Remember, calling IS EASY and QUICK!
The aides and receptionists who pick up the phone are usually quite polite, knowledgeable, and courteous. They will listen to you, take your message, and may ask for your name, phone number, and email address. The legislative aide may even tell you that they agree and fill you in with some helpful details about how to get this off the budget!
CONTACTING THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY:
HIGHEST-PRIORITY CALLS TO MAKE
Co-Chair: Representative Alice Bordsen ( Dem , NC House District 63. 919-733-5820, Alice.Bordsen@ncleg.net
Co-Chair: Representative Jimmy Love ( Dem , NC 51) 919-715-3026, Jimmy.Love@ncleg.net
Vice-Chair: Representative Timothy Spear ( Dem , NC 2) 919-715-3029, Tim.Spear@ncleg.net
Vice-Chair: Representative Ronnie Sutton (Dem, 47) 919-715-0875, Ron.Sutton@ncleg.net
Vice-Chair: Representative Ray Warren (Dem, 88) 919-715-8361, Ray.Warren@ncleg.net
Senior Chair of House Appropriations, Mickey Michaux (Dem, 31) 919-715-2528, Mickey.Michaux@ncleg.net
House Speaker Joe Hackney (Dem, 54) 919-733-3451, Joe.Hackney@ncleg.net
CALL THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE:
Representative Jamie Boles (Rep, 52) 919-733-5903, Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net
Representative Melanie Wade Goodwin (Dem, 66) 919-733-5823, Melanie.Goodwin@ncleg.net
Representative David Guice (Rep, 113) 919-715-4466, David.Guice@ncleg.net
Representative Pat Hurley (Rep, 70) 919-733-5865, Pat.Hurley@ncleg.net
Representative Darren Jackson (Dem, 39) 919-733-5974, Darren.Jackson@ncleg.net
Representative Carolyn Justus (Rep, 117) 919-733-5956, Carolyn.Justus@ncleg.net
Representative Annie Mobley (Dem, 5) 919-733-5780, Annie.Mobley@ncleg.net
Representative Tim Moore (Rep, 111) 919-733-4838, Tim.Moore@ncleg.net
Representative Shirley Randleman (Rep, 94) 919-733-5935, Shirley.Randleman@ncleg.net
Representative Sarah Stevens (Rep, 90) 919-715-1883, Sarah.Stevens@ncleg.net
For More Information Contact: Irene Godínez or Salomé Bascuñán at 919.835.1525 or Irene@elpueblo.org, Salome@elpueblo.org
Special thanks to our colleague Marissa Derlaga for compiling and sharing this document with us!