“I proudly endorse Bech Bruun to represent Matagorda County in Congress because he understands the needs of South Texas, local law enforcement, and the Coastal Bend.
I am confident that Bech will help encourage federal programs like ICE’s 287(g) program which helps local law enforcement agencies achieve our mutual goals of identifying criminality not nationality and I know Bech understands that strengthening the tools available to local law enforcement best equips the Gulf Coast region at fighting illegal immigration and keeping our communities safe.
I look forward to working with him and encourage the good folks of CD 27 to vote Bech Bruun for Congress!” – Sheriff Skipper Osborne
“It’s a honor to receive the endorsement of Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne. Matagorda County is an integral part of the coastal bend community and making sure the communities within the county are safe is a priority of the Sheriff and one that I want to help him stay on top of while I’m serving in Washington D.C. I look forward to working with Sheriff Osborne as well as all law enforcement agencies in the coastal bend to keep our hardworking families safe,” said Bech Bruun.
History and Facts of the 287(g) Program:
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act. This authorizes the Director of ICE to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of ICE officers.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review of the 287(g) delegation of authority program during the period from February 2009 through July 2009, and published its findings in March 2010. In September of 2012, DHS OIG released their report entitled “The Performance of 287(g) Agreements FY 2012 Follow-Up”.
Since the audits were conducted, ICE has closed out all recommendations for both audits based on revisions to the 287(g) program in furtherance of strengthening public safety and ensuring consistency in immigration enforcement across the country by prioritizing the arrest and detention of criminal aliens.
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