287G Program: Richard Kranker Letter to Editor

December 8th, 2018:  Richard Kranker LTE to Times News. Blueridgenow.com

The reported (T/N 11/28/18) reasons some local religious organizations are petitioning Sheriff Griffin to terminate the County’s 287(g) agreement to cooperate with Federal Immigration officials, including a thinly veiled threat not to vote for him next time, raises some serious questions.

First: The petition implies victimization.   But who is a victim of 287(g)?  The program deals with people already in this country illegally when they commit another crime unrelated to their illegal immigration status.  Accordingly, it would appear the people of our County, State and Country are being victimized by allowing these miscreants to remain among us.

Second:  That 287(g) as is claimed, intimidates and causes fear and distrust of law enforcement among a segment of society, implies that that segment of society is constantly concerned with being arrested for having violated some law.   Otherwise why would innocent, lawful residents “…have stopped going to school or church…”or just walking around in public?

Third:  Unless the cost to the County is found to be prohibitive, which it hasn’t been for the past years so far, it should be retained as an investment in law enforcement which can only benefit the general public.

Dick Kranker

Hendersonville. NC 28739