YES! Weekly is reporting that Guilford County is dropping the controversial 287(g) program, which targets the Latino community in an attempt to deport undocumented immigrants. In its place, the county is adopting the federally-mandated “Secure Communities” program, which offers no positive change. From the article:
[Sheriff] Barnes said his agency was one of 20 that was enrolled in the Secure Communities program last month. The feds plan to extend the program nationwide by 2013. Barnes confirmed that Secure Communities is likely to cast a wider net than 287(g) under the limited task force model utilized by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.
“You’ll see the numbers [of deported immigrants] go up here with Secure Communities,” he said.