WRAL TV reports that budget cutting in Wake County may endanger a program that checks the immigration status of inmates. Last July, Wake County began participating in the 287-G program. The program checks the immigration status of anyone charged with a crime and deports those found to be in violation of U.S. immigration laws. The program costs Wake County about $500,000 per year.
A lack of revenue may force the Wake County Sheriff's Office to limit immigration status checks to only the most serious offenses.
Asked to comment on the future of the 287-G program in Wake County, Tony Asion, Executive Director of El Pueblo a Hispanic immigration advocacy group, says the feds should handle the immigration issue. Asion continues:
It [287-G] is costing the state and local communities an awful lot of money that they shouldn't have to be paying for.
Yeah, you heard right. Mr. Asion really is concerned about the high cost of illegal immigration. I guess I hadn't noticed.