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Under "Secure Communities" (or S-Comm) everyone who is booked into a jail is automatically checked for their immigration status. The stated purpose of the program is to identify undocumented immigrants who are violent criminals so that they can be deported. However, from ICE's own numbers, more than half of those deported were picked up for minor infractions or were acquitted/had the charges dropped.
S-Comm does not accomplish its intent and instead makes communities less safe in that it makes the communities more distrustful of law enforcement. Despite its problems, DHS has said that the entire country will be enrolled in S-Comm by 2013. Several communities across the country are pushing back.
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Last updated on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
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