Secure Communities

New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in 287(g), Crime, Enforcement, Secure Communities with 1 Comment
New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with [...]

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Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration [...]

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Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

As communities continue to debate the harmful impact of large scale immigration enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, the 287(g) Program and the Criminal Alien Program, much of the discussion has centered on the use of “detainers.” –  Detainers are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to state and local jailers and officials asking [...]

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Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration

Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration

The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other [...]

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Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

For more than a century, study after study has confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of either violent or property crime. Unfortunately, [...]

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ICE Detainers Continue to Target Immigrants with No Criminal Convictions

ICE Detainers Continue to Target Immigrants with No Criminal Convictions

This week, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a troubling new report showing that only about 10% of ICE detainers target “individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.”  Although the agency’s highest enforcement priorities are threats to public safety and national security, government data shows that, in recent months, [...]

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TRUST Act Makes Progress in California

TRUST Act Makes Progress in California

Just before the Fourth of July, the California Senate Public Safety Committee approved the TRUST Act by a vote of 4-2.. The state Assembly previously passed the measure in May, so now the bill heads to the Senate floor. It is the third version of the California TRUST Act considered by the state legislature, which [...]

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Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

While the recent debate over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may have reminded the nation that there are “women’s issues” in immigration law, it doesn’t necessarily follow that most people regard immigration reform as a woman’s issue. Despite the fact that immigrant women make up a growing [...]

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Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

For more than a decade, the general thrust of U.S. immigration policy has been aimed at expanding the grounds of removal and the tools for facilitating deportations from the country. Not surprisingly, this has come at an enormous cost. Although the figure has been disputed by restrictionists, a report from the Migration Policy Institute recently [...]

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The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

Anti-immigrant activists often say that we must first enforce current U.S. immigration laws before even considering any reforms that might grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants already living in the country. However, as the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) documents in a comprehensive new report (and a more condensed Report in Brief), that is what we [...]

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