It’s a sensitive issue, especially in the aftermath of the new Arizona immigration law.
287 (g) is a tool used by law enforcement, at the time of arrest or during booking at the jail, to determine who is in this country illegally.
On Monday, Sheriff Garcia will announce that he is creating a 287(g) advisory committee.
(HOUSTON, TX) – Sheriff Adrian Garcia will announce the creation of his 287(g) Advisory Committee during a news conference on Monday, May 17. The event will be held at 2 p.m. on the first floor of the jail at 701 San Jacinto.
Under the 287(g) law, sheriff’s deputies trained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working side by side with ICE agents in the Harris County Jail, identify inmates who may be undocumented immigrants. These inmates are referred to ICE after their local criminal case is finished.
Members of the advisory committee will help funnel important feedback about the program to the sheriff from the various communities and business fields they represent. The creation of the committee is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the HCSO and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The sheriff’s 287(g) Advisory Committee will be led by Beto Cardenas, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP and co-chaired by Mustafa Tameez, Founder and Managing Director, Outreach Strategists LLC.
Other committee members include:
Wafa Abdin, Legal Director, Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance at Catholic Charities
Jackson Chang, Owner, Pan Jackson Company
Cecil Fong, President, Houston 80-20 Asian American PAC
Long Le, PhD, Director of International Initiatives for Global Studies, University of Houston
Mace Meeks, VP/Partner, Dean and Draper Insurance; President of “C” Club of Houston
Jeff Moseley, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
Laura Murillo, President and CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Danny Nguyen, Broker/Owner, DN Commercial
Mosis Willett, Vice President, African Correlation PAC
Chris Wilmot, President and CEO, WCW International Inc.
Ali Zakaria, M Ali Zakaria and Associates
WHO: Sheriff Adrian Garcia
WHAT: Creation of the 287(g) Advisory Committee