Secure Communities, illegal immigration, deportation: Federal deportation program sweeps up noncriminals and low-level offenders - latimes.com
"I had called the police to help me," said Norma, 31, who asked that her last name not be used because she fears that speaking out may jeopardize her case. "I think it's unjust…. Even with a traffic ticket we can now be deported."
Under the program, fingerprints of all inmates booked into local jails and cross-checked with the FBI's criminal database are now forwarded by that agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be screened for immigration status. Officials said the new system would focus enforcement efforts on violent felons such as those convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping.
But Secure Communities is now mired in controversy. Recently released ICE data show that nearly half of those ensnared by the program have been noncriminals, like Norma, or those who committed misdemeanors.
Charles23 at 5:02 AM April 25, 2011
Good to see someone in the Governmnt doing their job for a change. Round them all up and ship them and their kids out.
alohajonny at 4:24 AM April 25, 2011
Illegal is illegal, so sorry. maybe if you got rid of a few million more you could recoup a few billion dollars.