Front page, above the fold, Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012, Austin American-Statesman: "Dave Harmon, who has reported on border issues since the 1990s, and
database editor Christian McDonald spent two months combing through
three years of Travis County Jail booking records — totaling 258,000
entries for more than 100,000 individuals — to find out which charges
led to suspects being flagged for deportation. Harmon also interviewed
more than a dozen people and reviewed hundreds of pages of reports and
testimony about Secure Communities and other immigration initiatives." See also related links:
How 'Secure Communities' Works
Policy changes urge discretion, spark review of pending deportation cases
When do Class C misdemeanors mean a trip to jail for undocumented immigrants?
"Secure Communities takes
fingerprints of suspects and compares them against immigration
databases. Officials are supposed to use discretion in choosing which
cases to pursue."