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Herndon, VA Town Council Moves on 287(g) Initiative

March 14, 2007

Late last night, the Herndon Town Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution approving the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enable up to seven Herndon Town Police Officers to enforce selected federal immigration laws. Under the agreement, a Herndon Police Officer trained and certified by ICE would be able to arrest suspected illegal aliens for immigration violations during an investigation of a crime if there is a question of their immigration status.

Herndon is the first small town in the country to sign this type of agreement with ICE. Not only will this help the police to permanently remove criminal illegal aliens from the town, but it will act as a deterrent for other illegal aliens who may have thought that Herndon was an attractive location to settle. Other communities in the Northern Virginia area are looking into similar MOA's with ICE, and perhaps this announcement will encourage other communities throughout the country to do the same. Interestingly, the only media outlet present was the Hispanic Network, Univision, so there were no media reports of this action.

George Taplin
Director, Virginia Chapter
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

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