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Secure Communities

Under the Secure Communities program (aka "SCOMM" or "S-COMM"), those booked into local jails are checked to see if they're here illegally or have other immigration-related issues. Local jails already send information to the FBI on those they arrest; under SCOMM, the Department of Homeland Security accesses the same data.

If the DHS learns that an inmate is an illegal alien, they may go to the jail to pick the inmate up. Or, they might decide not to do so.

Both Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano generally support the program (even if they have tried to weaken it), but some do not. The latter group includes many on the far-left, corrupt politicians, and ethnocentric advocates.

SCOMM is a weak form of immigration enforcement - it doesn't involve levying huge fines or conducting large-scale raids. When someone opposes it, that's a very good sign that they don't have much use for immigration enforcement to begin with.

Here's the DHS description (ice . gov/secure_communities):

For decades, local jurisdictions have shared the fingerprints of individuals who are booked into jails with the FBI to see if they have a criminal record. Under Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints to ICE to check against its immigration databases. If these checks reveal that an individual is unlawfully present in the United States or otherwise removable due to a criminal conviction, ICE takes enforcement action – prioritizing the removal of individuals who present the most significant threats to public safety as determined by the severity of their crime, their criminal history, and other factors – as well as those who have repeatedly violated immigration laws... Secure Communities imposes no new or additional requirements on state and local law enforcement, and the federal government, not the state or local law enforcement agency, determines what immigration enforcement action, if any, is appropriate... Only federal DHS officers make immigration enforcement decisions, and they do so only after an individual is arrested for a criminal violation of state law, separate and apart from any violations of immigration law.

Last modified Jul 26, 2012
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Is Elizabeth Warren fake? (opposes Secure Communities immigration enforcement) - 09/20/11

... rich? Because, Warren opposes the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. It's described by the Department of Homeland Security at ice.gov/secure_communities: For decades, local jurisdictions have shared the fingerprints of individuals who are booked into jails with the FBI to see if they have a criminal record. Under Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints...

DHS makes Secure Communities nationwide, no opt-out (so far). Lofgren, ACLU, NAKASEC, FIRM, CHIRLA, ICIRR, MIRA, Frank Sharry, NIF outraged. - 08/08/11

... no effect on the operation of Secure Communities in your state," read the letter, which was signed by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Governors in the other 11 states had not signed agreements. What that means is that Secure Communities will be a nationwide program, with no chance to opt-out as various localities have tried to do via the agreements ("Memorandums of...

DHS revises Secure Communities to enable illegal immigration (John Morton, ACLU, CHIRLA, NDLON, NIF, AILA, NYT, Ammiano) - 06/20/11

... immigration enforcement program "Secure Communities" has at least partly succeeded as ICE chief John Morton announced changes to that program. Those changes will reinforce the message that the Obama administration has been sending for years: illegal aliens who don't commit major crimes get to stay (see Obama immigration, Janet Napolitano, and the preceding links). Several far-left illegal...

Yolo Sheriff Ed Prieto consults with Mexican government and opposes Secure Communities; "our people" - 06/19/11

... Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. Prieto admits he's consulted with a foreign government about a domestic issue, he may have indicated that racial solidarity underlies his opposition to the DHS program, and he wants to pick and choose which illegal aliens the DHS deports. If you live in Yolo County, ask Prieto about his statements and actions...

Deval Patrick refuses to join Secure Communities (federal immigration enforcement program, Massachusetts) - 06/06/11

... don't want to get involved in Secure Communities, a program from the Department of Homeland Security that checks the immigration status of those arrested. Governor Deval Patrick's complaints about the program are the same as others [1]. His office claims the program hasn't focused only on deporting those convicted of serious crimes, and his office also claims that the program might deter some...

Andrew Cuomo suspends Secure Communities in New York state (Serrano, Velazquez, NYIC) - 06/01/11

... participation in the federal Secure Communities Program to review the mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement. The goal as stated by the federal government was to deport serious felons, and, based on evidence to date, it appears the program in New York is failing in this regard and is...

DHS IG to investigate Secure Communities in [August 2010] (Zoe Lofren) - 05/20/11

... Edwards) will be investigating the Secure Communities program in 2012. Edwards says the investigation seeks "to determine the extent to which ICE uses the program to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the United States." Rep. Zoe Lofgren - an immigration lawyer and supporter of illegal immigration - was pushing for an investigation and wrote a letter to Edwards demanding that he...

Tom Ammiano tries to block Secure Communities in California; will Kamala Harris help? - 04/08/11

... Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program in California. That program is Janet Napolitano's answer to 287g: those who are booked into local jails are checked to see if they're deportable. Illegal immigration fans complain that the program catches mostly non-criminals. Under Ammiano's bill, all California counties would automatically opt out of Secure Communities, and they'd...

DHS claims to have set record for deportations, fines; Secure Communities - 10/11/10

... administration. DHS has also expanded the Secure Communities initiative - which uses biometric information and services to identify and remove criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails - from 14 jurisdictions in 2008 to more than 660 today, including all jurisdictions along the Southwest border. DHS is on track to expand this program to all law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide by 2013...

Secure Communities is mandatory, over objections of San Francisco and others - 10/01/10

... Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program collects the fingerprints of those charged with crimes by localities and checks them for immigration violations. Now, a few illegal immigration-supporting communities are finding out that, despite a previous statement from DHS implying otherwise, there's no opt-out. Localities already send such fingerprints to the FBI and the DHS gets...

FIRM wants civil disobedience to get amnesty? (CCC, Casa de Maryland, NYIC, OneAmerica) - 05/20/10

... specifically want a moratorium on the Secure Communities program.

Far-left working to block Napolitano's "Secure Communities" program - 04/28/10

The "Secure Communities" program from the Department of Homeland Security is Janet Napolitano's kinder, gentler alternative to the 287g program. That's not good enough for the far-left (link). Yesterday they released the following: [T]he National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School...

New York Times opposes Secure Communities - 11/27/09

... Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program that checks whether those arrested can be deported. While the NYT pays lip service to those who don't want criminal aliens roving the streets, they appear to be living in a fantasy world where those criminals can be deported without something like Secure Communities. They offer no alternative, and no doubt any alternative they offered...

American Civil Liberties Union opposes both 287g and Secure Communities - 11/19/09

... operation. * Halt implementation of the Secure Communities plan which seeks to expand state and local law enforcement powers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Philadelphia cops now won't ask about immigrations status (pro-criminal Mayor Nutter) - 11/10/09

... "narrow the scope" of the Federal Secure Communities anti-criminal alien program. He says, for the last six years, it's been a guideline that police not ask about immigration status: "To emphatically underscore that policy though, I will in a few minutes sign a new executive order directing that no city employee -- including all members of the Philadelphia Police Department -- may ask any...