Expanding Immigration Checks at Local Jails May Not Be as Benign as It Sounds

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm

The continued expansion of the so-called “Secure Communities” program, which sends the fingerprints of suspects booked at local jails to the federal immigration authorities to check immigration status, could have troubling consequences, immigration advocates say.

The Washington Post’s story today on the program, started last year by the Bush administration, says the initiative aims to target people convicted of serious crimes and arrange for their deportation after they’ve completed their sentences.  But by sending the fingerprints of everyone booked into a local jail immediately to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security, there’s a real danger that ICE could swoop in to initiate removal proceedings against immigrants who are never convicted of any crimes at all.

“It’s deceptively benign,” says Joan Friedland, Immigration Policy Director at the National Immigration Law Center.

Friedland and other advocates have good cause to worry.  Other programs aimed at catching criminal aliens, such as the 287(g) program, which deputizes local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws, have led to racial profiling and deportation of undocumented immigrants picked up for such minor infractions as traffic violations.

It’s not clear yet whether the Secure Communities program will have similar problems, but “because of how other programs have operated you’d think you’d want something in place when this one starts to prevent its abuse,” says Friedland.

So far, there aren’t any such safeguards on the program. In fact, the program so far doesn’t even have internal regulations governing how ICE or local authorities should implement it.

Comments

9 Comments

debbie
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 11:08 am

There will be no “racial profiling” since ALL people booked into jails will be checked. This is a good idea and I applaud Obama for doing something meaningful to deport illegal aliens. Now if they partnered this with E-Veriify and prosecute and jail employers who hire illegals and deport the employees, this will make a good dent in the illegal population. The Secure Communities program should also go a long way in catching illegal alien gang bangers, who are a big drain on most cities with their crimes and drug dealing. I hope Obama and Napolitano continue this trend. I think they are hearing that Americans do not want an amnesty, so at this point they are trying to show that they are doing something. On the other hand, these actions gives them cover to say they are doing something on immigration, while they work behind the scenes with and kiss the butts of the illegal advocates who are pushing for amnesty. Sorry, but people who cannot abide by our immigration laws (not to mention the other laws they break, like ID and welfare fraud, etc) should never be given the ultimate prize in the US – citizenship. Its a start but tough enforcement is the only way to bring down the illegal alien numbers.


Hunter
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

Unfortunately, what it doesn't address are the estimated 7 million illegal aliens that are committing a felony by using fraudulent identities. Millions of Americans are right now sharing their identities with illegal aliens. Many innocent citizens have had their credit ruined while many others don't even know it yet. It is the dirty little secret of the immigration issue that the government won't talk about.

Think of the damage it does to you (or your child) when an illegal alien uses your SSN for his tax withholdings and to file his tax return. The IRS is going to want you to pay his taxes owed or even accuse you of filing multiple returns. You're toast! Same thing for your credit cards, loans, etc. You're ruined.

These illegal's have already demonstrated they lack the morals, decency and honesty to be welcomed as American citizens.

a.) Enforce the existing immigration laws.
b.) Secure the border.
c.) Don't hire illegal aliens.
d.) No anchor babies.
e.) Deportation through attrition.


Dave Gorak
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

More of Daphne's biased “reporting” on the immigration issue. Note the absence of any opposing views here and her unfounded claim that programs like 287(g) have led to “racial profiling.” Memo to Ms. Eviatar: How about some examples of law enforcement officials being tried and convicted of racial profiling in a court of law?

Dave Gorak
Executive director
Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration
LaValle, WI
http://www.immigrationreform.org


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debbie
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

There will be no “racial profiling” since ALL people booked into jails will be checked. This is a good idea and I applaud Obama for doing something meaningful to deport illegal aliens. Now if they partnered this with E-Veriify and prosecute and jail employers who hire illegals and deport the employees, this will make a good dent in the illegal population. The Secure Communities program should also go a long way in catching illegal alien gang bangers, who are a big drain on most cities with their crimes and drug dealing. I hope Obama and Napolitano continue this trend. I think they are hearing that Americans do not want an amnesty, so at this point they are trying to show that they are doing something. On the other hand, these actions gives them cover to say they are doing something on immigration, while they work behind the scenes with and kiss the butts of the illegal advocates who are pushing for amnesty. Sorry, but people who cannot abide by our immigration laws (not to mention the other laws they break, like ID and welfare fraud, etc) should never be given the ultimate prize in the US – citizenship. Its a start but tough enforcement is the only way to bring down the illegal alien numbers.


Hunter
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

Unfortunately, what it doesn't address are the estimated 7 million illegal aliens that are committing a felony by using fraudulent identities. Millions of Americans are right now sharing their identities with illegal aliens. Many innocent citizens have had their credit ruined while many others don't even know it yet. It is the dirty little secret of the immigration issue that the government won't talk about.

Think of the damage it does to you (or your child) when an illegal alien uses your SSN for his tax withholdings and to file his tax return. The IRS is going to want you to pay his taxes owed or even accuse you of filing multiple returns. You're toast! Same thing for your credit cards, loans, etc. You're ruined.

These illegal's have already demonstrated they lack the morals, decency and honesty to be welcomed as American citizens.

a.) Enforce the existing immigration laws.
b.) Secure the border.
c.) Don't hire illegal aliens.
d.) No anchor babies.
e.) Deportation through attrition.


Dave Gorak
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

More of Daphne's biased “reporting” on the immigration issue. Note the absence of any opposing views here and her unfounded claim that programs like 287(g) have led to “racial profiling.” Memo to Ms. Eviatar: How about some examples of law enforcement officials being tried and convicted of racial profiling in a court of law?

Dave Gorak
Executive director
Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration
LaValle, WI
http://www.immigrationreform.org


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