UPDATE 1/5: Herndon Police Will Be Trained To Enforce Immigration Laws
From today's Metro section:
Herndon has been accepted into a federal program that will train some of its police officers to enforce U.S. immigration laws, including the initiation of deportation proceedings.
Police Chief Toussaint E. Summers Jr. told the Town Council on Tuesday night that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency approved the town's request to enter the agency's "287 (g)" program, a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The council, which has approved measures designed to make the town less hospitable to illegal immigrants, voted 6 to 1 on Sept. 19 to apply for the program.
Summers said that two senior immigration agents have been assigned to oversee the town's participation in the program and that his department would soon begin discussions on the scope of training the officers would receive during the five-week course. The council would then review and vote on a memorandum of agreement.
The training can include matters such as document identification and cross-cultural communication -- and what the law would empower the police officers to do. According to agency descriptions of the program, officers who pass the course are authorized to question or detain people they think are in the country illegally.
-- Bill Turque
Immigrants in Herndon are reacting with trepidation to the announcement that local police officers may soon be enforcing immigration laws. Check this article from yesterday's Metro section for details.
A front page article in this morning's Washington Post underlines Herndon's featured role in the nation's immigration debate. The town voted on Tuesday to pursue federal funding so that local police officers can be trained to enforce U.S. immigration laws.