In 2007, GLAHR started its campaign to end the 287(g) program when the program first began in Georgia. Under the 287(g) program, the Department of Homeland Security deputizes local law enforcement to carry out the work of ICE agents by arresting individuals suspected to be in violation of immigration laws. These agreements allow local law enforcement to act as immigration agents.
In the state of Georgia, there are currently 287(g) programs in four counties: Floyd County, Hall County, Polk County, and Whitfield County, including the Georgia Department of Corrections and Oconee County with the Warrant Service Officer program. Bartow County was also participating in the program but decided to cancel the program because of a lack of funds. GLAHR has advocated before the Boards of Commissioners of Cobb and Gwinnett Counties at meetings and demanded the Commissioners end the 287(g) program. In the 2020 elections, Cobb and Gwinnett made history by electing the first African American Sheriffs for these counties, who ended the 287(g) program. However, they are still counties with the 287(g) and we will continue educating the general public about the detrimental impact the program has on our family and communities.
For more information on the 287g program, click here for information from Project South.