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Feds to check D.C. jail records for illegal immigrants


Federal authorities on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will begin checking the immigration statuses of all people arrested in the District, marking the D.C. debut of a controversial program that has put city leaders at odds with the Obama administration. The Secure Communities program, in place in more than 3,000 jurisdictions nationwide, allows U.S. Immigration and […]

Amid pushback, Patrick to uphold law on ‘Secure Communities’


By Andy Metzger / State House News Service Saturday, May 12, 2012   While Gov. Deval Patrick is resigned to participating in the federal government’s Secure Communities program, immigrant rights advocates said it will force undocumented immigrants into hiding from local law enforcement. Secure Communities uses FBI fingerprint data, submitted by local police to determine the identities […]

Prosecutorial Discretion – Does the “New” Morton Memo Change Anything?


In an effort to reform the Secure Communities Program, John Morton, the Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a memorandum on June 17, 2011 allowing for an increase in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion from ICE officials.  The Secure Communities program which was established in 2008 currently exists in over 1400 […]

Secure Communities a Trap for the Unwary


ICE’s ‘Secure Communities’ program is NOT voluntary. A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects’ fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, thousands of recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that U.S. cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked. The […]



On October 26, 2010, the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented Secure Communities to all the counties of West Virginia this past October.   Secure Communities is ICE’s new system of mainly using biometrics to identify immigrants that are in the U.S. illegally and/or are guilty of committing crimes.  ICE is now working with […]