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House testimonies on Secure Communities

On November 30, 2011 the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement [held] a hearing, "Is Secure Communities Keeping Our Communities Secure?" AILA Testimonies AILA Testimony to Immigration Subcommittee for SC Hearing (AILA Doc No. 11112865) AILA's...

THE SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND CONTINUING CONCERNS

"This paper describes the Secure Communities program, identifies concerns about the program’s design and implementation, and makes recommendations for the future of the program." - IPC, Nov. 30, 2011 .

Citizens jailed under US immigration program

"Four U.S. citizens were erroneously arrested in Southern California recently through the federal immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday." - Associated Press, Dec. 16, 2011 .

ICE folds in FOIA case, admits Secure Communities mandatory in 2013

"In a 9-page memo dated Oct. 2, 2010 , and released recently, a legal advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said at that time that "choices available to law enforcement agencies who have thus far decided to decline or limit their participation in current information-sharing...

MISPLACED PRIORITIES: The Failure of Secure Communities in Los Angeles County

Immigrant Rights Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law, January 2012 : "This white paper analyzes the contrast between the federal government’s representation of Secure Communities and the reality of the program’s implementation in Los Angeles County through interviews...

DHS Budget: 287(g) Down, 'Secure Communities' & E-Verify Up

"A fiscal year 2013 budget brief released by Homeland Security today has some details on the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement priorities, and one of the losers is the federal-local partnership known as 287(g) . The administration is proposing a budget reduction of $17...

Yale Law School immigration clinic files class action lawsuit challenging 'Secure Communities' detainers

"An immigration law clinic at Yale Law School has filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the use of detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked Wednesday that the suit be expedited now that ICE is rolling out Secure Communities in Connecticut statewide." - New...

In Austin: From Minor Violations, Deportations

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 ...

DHS OIG: SComm 'continues to face opposition, criticism, and resistance'

"We did not find evidence that ICE intentionally misled the public or States and local jurisdictions during implementation of Secure Communities. However, ICE did not clearly communicate to stakeholders the intent of Secure Communities and their expected participation. This lack of clarity was evident...

Despite Opposition, ICE Expands SComm

"Obama administration officials have announced that a contentious fingerprinting program to identify [unauthorized] immigrants will be extended across Massachusetts and New York next week, expanding federal enforcement efforts despite opposition from the governors and immigrant groups in...

SComm Debut in D.C.

" Federal authorities on Tuesday 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...

Newly Obtained Documents Reveal Secure Communities Program Leads to Deportations of People Who Have Never Been Arrested

" Today, advocates released emails from the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) that show that ICE’s controversial Secure Communities deportation program is sweeping in individuals who have never been criminally arrested, despite objections raised by the California...

U.S. Citizen Sues Feds Over Detention in Maximum Security Prison Due to Immigration Database Error

" A computer specialist is suing the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security after a controversial fingerprint-sharing program incorrectly identified him as an illegal immigrant and authorities ordered him detained in a maximum-security prison. The lawsuit is the first legal challenge by a U...

Berkeley Turns Cold Shoulder to ICE, Rejects SComm

"The city's police will no longer hand prisoners over to federal immigration authorities under an action approved Tuesday night. The City Council voted unanimously not to respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to take charge of Berkeley prisoners suspected of violating federal...

ICE's SComm Review Delayed

"Seventeen months have passed since the Department of Homeland Security announced it would create an internal civil rights review of the Obama administration's signature immigration enforcement program, but now department officials cannot say when, or if, they will complete it. Immigration and...

Connecticut First to Protect Immigrants from Federal Deportation Policy

"Connecticut is poised to become the first state to limit its participation in the federal Secure Communities program, a controversial immigration policy that turns local police against communities they serve. But it is too late for one New Haven resident who was arrested on false charges."...

ICE Sweeps Aimed at Criminals Deport Many With No Record

"More than 40 percent of the immigrants deported from Maryland under a sweeping federal program called Secure Communities have no prior criminal record — a percentage that puts the state among the top five in the nation for such deportations, an analysis by The Baltimore Sun shows." ...

Maryland Gov. Seeks Answers From DHS on S-Comm

"Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explain why federal officials are deporting a higher share of noncriminals from Maryland than from most other states under a controversial immigration program called Secure Communities. In a sharply worded...

Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program?

"Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. According to a new examination of...

Police Chiefs: DHS to 'Reboot' Secure Communities

"Several municipal police chiefs who attended a meeting at the White House said that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated he was planning to revamp the program, known as Secure Communities. ... Johnson is conducting an internal review of the administration’s immigration enforcement...

Austin City Council Reject S-Comm

"In a 7-0 vote Thursday evening, City Council unanimously passed a resolution formally opposing the federal Secure Communities program, through which immigration officials identify jail inmates for deportation – including large numbers of arrestees detained at the Travis County jail."...

Deportations Have 'No Observable Effect' on Crime Rate

"Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety, deporting hundreds of thousands of people, many of them convicted criminals, a new study has concluded that the program has had “no observable effect on the overall crime rate...

CRS on Immigration Detainers: From S-Comm to PEP

"Numerous questions about immigration detainers have been raised recently as a result of the Secure Communities program. These questions include (1) whether DHS’s detainer regulations and practices are beyond its statutory authority; (2) whether states and localities are required to comply...

PEP vs. SComm: Still Wandering in the Wild - César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

"PEP isn’t a panacea for the severity of modern immigration law enforcement. Many migrants will still be sanctioned twice—once by the criminal justice system and a second time by the immigration law regime. Hundreds of thousands will continue to find themselves sucked into the immigration...

TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program

TRAC, Jan. 21, 2016 - " The 7,117 detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during October 2015 suggests that their use appears to have stabilized in the four months since the launch of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) in June 2015. Thus PEP, which replaced the Secure Communities...