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Re: “287(g) program hits snags in Wake

This ain't our father's drug war, JohnD.

Posted by V. Coleman, Staff Writer on 09/05/2008 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Fishing while brown

My point is John that I'm not making a "case" at all. I'm just reporting the news. As for your question, it's been explained to me that local law enforcement agencies don't deport anyone. The folks who operate the 287(g) screening program are law officers who have been trained and deputized as ICE agents. When they check to see if someone who has been detained by local law enforcement has proper documentation, they are doing so as employees of ICE. It's a dim line, but a line nonetheless. Of course it's up to the arresting officer's discretion to bring a person in for what in some cases is a minor infraction, which is where the questions of "profiling" and "targeting" come in. Ultimately, the program allows ICE greater capacity to identify undocumented immigrants, so no, the folks who have been deported via 287 (g) probably would not have been if for no other reason that there would have been no way for anyone at the Alamance County Jail to check their immigration status. If I'm wrong here, someone please correct me.

Posted by V. Coleman, Staff Writer on 08/20/2008 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Fishing while brown

Vernal Coleman here; I figured Id chime in since its me some on this board have been casting aspersions on.

There seems to be a bit of confusion as to how this whole journalism process works, so I figured I'd clear something up; I did not give up what would have been a lucrative career representing shit-heel politicians to pander to any one side of the political spectrum. There is no agenda here, though some of you seem quite determined to insert one into piece.

This drivel as someone called it is newsworthyto me at leastbecause it relays some info that I was not aware of prior to my recent move to this region; that if you are an undocumented immigrant in a municipality that has adopted the 287g program, even a crime as seemingly innocuous as fishing without a license can lead to your arrest, and eventually, your deportation.

The right and wrong of that is not for me to decide, not in my capacity at this newspaper anyway. Im only interested in facts, which is why if I had found evidence that the arresting officer had acted improperly it would have been included in the article. And be assured that if after continuing to cover 287g I do find some evidence of malfeasance, it will, of course, be included in the accompanying article.


Posted by V. Coleman, Staff Writer on 08/20/2008 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Fear of a black jogger

I think it's a question of context, JohnD. Being stopped by a state trooper is, of course, not at all extraordinary. But one begins to wonder whether or not there were other factors at play in a law enforcement officer's decision to stop and question about your actions when your dress and the activity you are engaged in would seem to make that unnecessary. I mean, I would hope that the sweat-stained shirt and unattractive running shoes would give it away. Really, why else would a man wear a pair of shoes made by New Balance?

Posted by V. Coleman, Staff Writer on 08/15/2008 at 11:04 AM

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