Secure Communities is a program gone wild - Navarette

President Obama's over-the-top approach to immigration enforcement — including an overreliance on the harmful program known as Secure Communities — has devastated immigrant communities in the United States. And it has divided Democrats. This became clear last year when three Democratic governors — Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Pat Quinn of Illinois, and Andrew Cuomo of New York — announced they were pulling out of Secure Communities, only to be informed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that they couldn't because — despite assurances that the program was optional — participation was mandatory. The bureaucratic snake oil didn't end there. In theory, Secure Communities — which acts as a force multiplier because it requires local police to submit to federal authorities the fingerprints of anyone they arrest who they suspect might be in the country illegally (i.e., anyone who looks Latino) — should focus only on serious and violent criminals. But, in practice...

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