As sheriff, I will eliminate the 287(g) program and divert the funds spent on 287(g) to community outreach programs. Cobb is one of only a handful of counties in the state that is even still participating in this program.
This isn’t a partisan issue. Even the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security issued a report earlier this year outlining their issues with how 287(g) is being implemented across the country. They highlighted a lack of training, lack of federal oversight, and that law enforcement officers were not using the program as originally intended — to protect national security.
Also alarming is that 287(g) has been used as a reason for racial profiling and has deterred immigrants – especially Latinx – communities in report violent crimes or cooperating with criminal investigations for fear of prosecution.
Through other existing programs, we will report dangerous criminals who are a danger to Cobb County and to our country’s national security.