How Pasadena’s Implements “Secure Communities”

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Justin Chapman: In reality, Secure Communities has not only identified criminals, it has identified everyone who come through the criminal justice system, a lot of whom have done nothing wrong.

More States Question Participation in ICE’s Secure Communities Program

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Seth Hoy: ICE officials, however, claim that states have no choice but to participate in Secure Communities since “the data-sharing systems the program relies upon are already in place” and because governors have “no legal standing to block their use.”

More States Disapprove ICE’s Secure Communities Program

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Michele Waslin: The program, which shares the fingerprints of individuals booked into jails with federal immigration databases, has been widely criticized for failing to target serious criminals, for increasing the potential for racial profiling, and for failing to be transparent.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Demands Investigation into ICE’s Secure Communities Program

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Seth Hoy: This week, Rep. Lofgren called for an investigation into the actions of federal immigration officials whom she said lied about whether states and localities had the right to opt-out of the program.

New DHS Documents Highlight Internal Confusion Over Secure Communities Program

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Michele Waslin: While ICE has said that the agency will eventually install Secure Communities in all state and local detention facilities nationwide (which makes it seem like a federal mandate), they have also indicated that the program is voluntary.

Counties Say No to ICE’s Secure Communities Program; Is Opting Out Possible?


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Michele Waslin: The Santa Clara and Arlington County votes come after questions and confusion regarding local jurisdictions’ ability to opt-out of the program.

Data Shows ICE Fails to Focus on Serious Crime

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Michele Waslin: 79% of the people deported through Secure Communities are non-criminals or were picked up for lower level offenses, such as traffic offenses.

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