A practical way to crack down on illegal immigrants.

From D.A. King’s article in today’s Gwinnett Daily Post:

Here in Georgia, after a unanimous recommendation from the Cobb Board of Commissioners to move ahead, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren has sent two classes of deputies to be trained by the feds under 287 (g) and on July 1 began screening all noncitizens booked into his jail using the federal database.

From July to January, Warren’s office booked 3,495 foreign-born people into his jail. ICE placed an immigration “hold” on 1,357 of those and has picked up more than 750 illegal aliens for possible deportation proceedings.

Besides the obvious result of having fewer illegals on the streets of Cobb County because of deportation, the knowledge that the law is being enthusiastically enforced and equally applied has resulted in illegals migrating out of Cobb.

On attacking illegal immigration, an obvious truth is being proven: enforcement works. The 287 (g) authority is a deterrent to the continued presence of illegals in the communities where law enforcement has shown the attention to duty and courage to implement the no-cost program.

This month, Georgia sheriffs in Hall and Whitfield counties began use of 287 (g) authority. Soon, the sheriff in Oconee County will as well.

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  1. Rogue109 says:

    The unfortunate part of this is that only half of the illegals arrested had ICE holds placed on them in Cobb. Meanwhile, the Sheriffs in DeKalb and Fulton twiddle their thumbs.

  2. John Konop says:


    I think the problem is that the Feds ( ICE) are not picking them up in a timely manner sticking the cost on Cobb.

    Some think this was a strategy from the Bush administration of under funding the program which will force it to fail. The numbers of ICE officers relative to the problem is a joke at best.

  3. nast says:

    I’m curious in these numbers in terms of scale. A total of 3,500 foreign-born people booked during this period seems like a lot, but is that out of 5,000, 50,000 or 1,000,000 total bookings in the same period?

    Does anyone know where such statistics can be found? I’ve only been able to find total crimes reported, and the original source isn’t quoted.

  4. Tekneek says:

    Homeland Security can hardly be considered more than a financial drain if they cannot be bothered to remove all of those with an illegal status and secure the border to prevent re-entry. For all the billions spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will be undermined by the refusal to properly take care of things within our own borders.

  5. jsm says:

    The Hall County Sheriff told me years ago that he couldn’t get the Fed to come pick up illegals that he was housing in his jail. So, since we couldn’t afford to deport them ourselves, we had to let them go. If ICE is at least willing to come get them now, that’s a step in the right direction.

    Georgia needs to continue to make life more difficult for illegals and let them migrate somewhere else on their own. If the Fed won’t attack the problem nationally, at least we can minimize the effects on our state.

  6. Paul Shuford says:

    So, Grift, please explain how the Godwin fits. How is deporting those who have not only illegally entered this country, but broken other laws (leading to their subsequent arrest) the same as the Nazis requiring legal citizens to have papers to move around inside their own country?

    For that matter, Grift, why don’t we adopt Mexico’s much more draconian immigration laws. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

  7. Paul Shuford says:

    Why don’t you tell me, Grift. Next thing you know, you’ll be comparing our police to the Nazi SS for actually identifying the people that they arrest.

  8. Paul Shuford says:

    Ok, in what way have I misrepresented your position, Grift? You started with the Nazi references, I’ve continued them to a logical conclusion, that’s not a strawman.

    So, why don’t you state your position, and tell us why the police aren’t supposed to identify the people they arrest, and how that the police identifying those that are here illegally, once they’re arrested on other charges, and deporting those who are here illegally is somehow related to the Nazis demanding paperwork from legal citizens traveling inside their country.

  9. Bill Simon says:


    Have you considered that the institution of the REAL ID by Congress IS exactly what Grift is talking about?

    It’s been passed, and is an ID card that shows you are a legal American. If you don’t have the card, the federales will conclude you are illegal.

    Thus, “papers, please” is quite accurate.

  10. John Konop says:

    If I follow your logic you think we should have no ID system and use the honor system? It would be nice if we could all hold hands and sing camp fire songs!

  11. Paul Shuford says:

    While I’m not in support of the REAL ID system, I think that people are truly fooling themselves if they think that driver’s licenses and the social security system haven’t created the same already.

  12. newtonjoe says:

    Lorraine Geen, who is running for county commission chairman, spoke at the GOP breakfast this month and claimed that neither the Gwinnett County jail nor the county police officers qualified for 287 g participation. Today the Sheriff refutes her comments. Other commissioners spoke privately that they did not want to be associated with her incorrect comments. I had the John Marshall Law School faculty research the issue. Their research shows that there are no restrictions on the jail and county police. (Green had said county police did not qualify because they had no incarceration duties.) Lorraine Green has had 3 1/2 years to investigate the details of 287 g and now she can’t accurately describe the admission requirements. She just doesn’t get it. Having her protect us from criminal illegal immigrants is like having a goat guard the cabbage patch.

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