Congressman Gene Green Applauds Termination of Harris County’s 287 (g) Program
HOUSTON, TX — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement after Harris County Sheriff Gonzalez opted out of the voluntary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287 (g) program.
“I applaud Sheriff Gonzalez for ending a controversial partnership that deputizes law enforcement officers to perform similar functions of ICE agents,” said Green. “Houston and Harris County is home to more than 575,000 undocumented immigrants who are our neighbors and contributing members of our community. It is the responsibility of our officers to protect and serve, not detain and deport.”
“Removing violent criminals must always be a priority for Sheriff Gonzalez, but this program has done more harm than good. There are better ways to address public safety concerns and today’s decision will free at least $675,000 in the Harris Co. budget, allowing more officers to safeguard our homes and families.
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