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A government report released this week questions the effectiveness of the law which allows police officers to act as immigration agents. The General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found that because of poor recordkeeping, it couldn’t determine how many of the arrested immigrants were suspected of committing serious crimes, who were the target of the law.

Known as 287(g), a reference to the section of a 1996 law authorizing it, the program has been promoted by immigration officials as an important tool in deporting serious criminals, according to a New York Times’ article.

To read the opinion from both sides, read the NYT’s article and Google the topic for additional articles. We’ll also talk about this in greater depth on this week’s podcast.

One question: If the law was passed in 1996, why did it take 13 years for this report???

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