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Homeland Security revokes 287(g) agreements in Arizona

In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today rescinded agreements that allowed seven Arizona law enforcement agencies to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants, further hindering the state’s ability to enforce SB1070 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling today.

DHS announced that it was terminating its 287(g) task force agreements with the Arizona Department of Public Safety; the Florence, Mesa and Phoenix police departments; and the Pima, Pinal and Yavapai county sheriff’s offices. Those were the only agencies left in Arizona that had street-level 287(g) agreements.

Several Arizona police agencies also have 287(g) agreements for their jails, which allow agencies to check the immigration status of anyone booked into jail. Those agreements will remain in place, according to DHS.

In addition to the revocation of the 287(g) agreements, DHS announced that its agents would not respond to the scene of calls from Arizona law enforcement officers who want the agency to take custody of illegal immigrants, unless those suspects met the criteria it established for its enforcement priorities. DHS said its prioritizes illegal immigrants who are convicted criminals, deportees who have returned to the United States, and people who have recently crossed the border illegally.

DHS in December revoked the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s 287(g) task force agreement in response to allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that the agency and Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in widespread racial profiling and civil rights violations against Latinos.


  1. Well at least until mid November so they can illegally vote!

  2. 287(g) agreements are no longer needed. The federal govt has replaced this with Secure Communities (SC). SC does the same thing faster and cheaper. Soon it will be working in every county, of every state.

  3. In this next election it’s critically important we vote AGAINST the politicians that support LEGAL migrants, over LEGAL residents.

  4. Obama and his administration have been trashing the constitution from the day he took office. So why is this a surprise?

    I feel that this wanna be dictatorship of poor jugdement, bad decision and criminal acts should and needs to be overridden by all states that want to inforce the laws that should be inforced. If they don’t; then how is it right for them to inforce any law?

    Breaking the law in this country has consequences, well that is if your an american, so what am I missing here?


  6. Pretty soon, it’ll be a racist hate crime to speak English.

  7. Evil NYC Liberal

    I think it is funny that the supreme court said that “Papers please” could continue, but in the same breath encouraged any future legal actions should it be misused. It is almost like they are expecting trouble.

    Actually, this was the best outcome liberals could hope for. The primacy of the federal government is upheld, but the ability of individual bigots, and bullies to drag conservativism through the mud will continue unabated.

    This is the kind of event that could lead to AZ turning blue

  8. IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGs should start immediately on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano! She took an OATH of office!~ Congress should defund homeland security they have the power… Put the lady in her place, our society should never allow this blatent disregard for the Law to stand… Would we allow the Pentagon to act in such a way?

    To Uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States, the Congress (right or Wrong) is the desiding factor here, not the Executive Branch or the President of the United States , this is not a Monarchachy. It is a Republic…

  9. It sure doesn’t seem like a Republic anymore. The President does whatever he wants with no thought about what our representatives want, and especially no respect for what “the people” want. Things are very, very sad.

  10. Give illegals A one way tiket to DC, start A website to finance it.maybe they can eat at the white house with the unsuper.this country has gone to sh-t. clean them all out. left and right, thair all traders.

  11. To all you black people who support that nazis Arizona law becareful what you wish for this law been writen against minority by white racist who got mad by the fact that a black became president and they dont wanna see history repeat itself again most of them dont like president Obama because he is black dont forget your history where you came from and how they assassinated Martin Luther king the next step for these racist white folks will be black people go back to Africa law

  12. oh please….what a moron!!!!

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