By Dr. Juan Puerto
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk recently stated during a television interview on WINK News that the participation of his department in the 287-G program, with the U.S. Immigration and Citizen Enforcement (ICE), has been a success, but he did not elaborate.
My observation of the effect of 287-G to our community has been predominantly negative, and I consider it a failure on many levels.
First of all 287-G breaks up the family unit, and it removes a significant number of workers from our area during a recession, adversely affecting small businesses.
The 287-G program negatively affects all taxpayers. The family that is left behind when someone is deported frequently resorts to government assistance; also the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the thousands of incarcerated immigrants.
I ask, what is Sheriff Rambosk’s definition of success?