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  • California Senate passes "anti-Arizona" immigration bill

    07/05/2012 8:15:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 122 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/5/12 | Mary Slosson - Reuters
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill supporters dub the "anti-Arizona" law, which seeks to shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police and challenges Republican-backed immigration crackdowns in other U.S. states. The Democrat-led state Senate voted 21 to 13 for the California Trust Act, which blocks local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony. The bill has the backing of about 100 immigrant rights groups, police chiefs and mayors. It has already passed the state Assembly in a 47-26...
  • D.C. Council votes to limit reach of federal effort aimed at illegal immigration

    06/05/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2012 | Mihir Zaveri
    Federal officials on Tuesday launched a controversial program in the District that targets illegal immigration, but not without a fight from some city officials who argue the effort undermines trust between police and local immigrant communities. The program, known as Secure Communities, requires that arrestee fingerprints collected by local governments be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement so the federal government can identify illegal immigrants and potentially move to detain or deport them. All other localities in the metropolitan area have been participating. But the D.C. Council on Tuesday quickly voted to limit the program’s reach, saying it could...
  • Starting Tuesday, New York must comply with Secure Communities program

    05/14/2012 7:35:33 PM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Metro NY ^ | May 14, 2012 | Alison Bowen
    New York City has long been known as a refuge that celebrates immigrants, whether they are here legally or not. But some worry that a new federal policy beginning tomorrow will turn the city's atmosphere from friendly to frightening. The U.S. government is mandating a program called Secure Communities be enforced in the city starting Tuesday, May 15. Secure Communities requires police to send fingerprints of everyone arrested to immigration officials. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents then check to see whether that person should be deported. City officials said yesterday the program threatens New York's immigrant-friendly nature, where police...
  • ICE's Secure Communities activated in Wash., Mont.

    04/05/2012 9:37:40 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 4, 2012 | MANUEL VALDES
    A federal program that uses fingerprint analysis to identify illegal immigrants in county jails has been activated in Washington state and Montana ahead of the 2013 nationwide rollout, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said
  • House GOP to subpoena immigration data

    11/01/2011 9:44:47 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans are moving to subpoena a list of all immigrants whom the Obama administration has flagged under its secure communities program but failed to arrest for deportation, after the Homeland Security Department missed a congressionally imposed deadline to produce the information this week. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he wants the data so he can see who is among the 300,000 people the administration has deemed too low a priority to detain under new deportation guidelines. He has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday for the immigration subcommittee to vote to authorize the subpoena. “Why would DHS...
  • Sen. Brown calls on feds to force gov to get tough on illegals

    09/28/2011 8:08:43 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 27 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/28/11 | Dave Wedge
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown today joined a growing chorus of lawmen openly defying Gov. Deval Patrick, calling on federal Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano to allow Massachusetts to join the Secure Communities program without the governor’s approval. “My constituents have made it abundantly clear to me that they view Secure Communities as an important public safety tool that could have prevented deadly incidents that have rocked their communities,” Brown wrote in a letter to Napolitano today. “I strongly encourage (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) to swiftly and expeditiously activate the remaining jurisdictions in Massachusetts.” Three sheriffs have made...
  • Illegal immigrant in murder case had prior arrest

    09/28/2011 7:37:04 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 09/28/2011 | Maria Sacchetti
    Scituate police arrested an illegal immigrant from Brazil for motor-vehicle violations three months before he allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend to death in a brutal attack this week, reigniting debate over whether Massachusetts should participate in the federal Secure Communities program. Police arrested Marcelo Almeida, a 41-year-old laborer, on June 19 on charges of operating without a license and other charges after the black Nissan Maxima he was driving almost collided head on with a police car, according to documents from Hingham District Court. He was later found guilty of unlicensed driving and responsible for other charges. Almeida paid a...
  • 6th Drunk Driving Charge For Protected Illegal Alien

    09/27/2011 3:11:47 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 19 replies
    A few months after Massachusetts’s governor rejected a federal program that checks the immigration status of local arrestees, a drunk illegal alien with a criminal history killed a motorcyclist in the state and another who had been deported racked up his sixth drunk- driving charge. Had the state participated in the federal Secure Communities program, both men would have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation long ago. Instead, they were released by local police and allowed to continue committing crimes in their respective communities. That’s because the state’s governor, renowned open borders advocate Deval Patrick,...
  • Sheriffs ditch Gov., get tough on immigrants (MA, Deval)

    09/25/2011 5:09:36 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/25/11 | John Zaremba
    Three defiant Bay State sheriffs hell-bent on tougher immigration enforcement have taken an end run around Gov. Deval Patrick, traveling to Washington, D.C., to hammer out their own version of the Secure Communities program in a stinging rejection of the administration’s stand on illegals. “The governor is out of touch on this issue, and he really and truly does not represent the interest of the people of Massachusetts on this issue,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said. “We’re basically saying to the governor, ‘Look. You’re entitled to your position.’ But the governor doesn’t elect us. We represent the people of...
  • What else will it take?

    08/24/2011 5:14:51 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 24, 2011 | Boston Herald -Opinion
    Opponents of the Secure Communities program like to paint the most sympathetic picture of the “victims” of this immigration enforcement effort — say, for example, the 18-year-old girl brought to the U.S. as a child, arrested for driving without a license and facing deportation to an unfamiliar country. Never, ever do they hold up the Nicolas Guamans of the world as an example of the crying need to identify and deport those illegal immigrants who pose a very real threat to community safety — which is what the program is all about. Guaman, who stands accused of running down a...
  • Obama's lowest priority: some deportation cases

    08/23/2011 8:56:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Obama is in a pickle. Immigration enforcement actually is working - or, at least, it was working. Under the Obama administration, the government has removed almost 400,000 illegal immigrants annually. That's 4 percent of the 10 million illegal immigrants estimated to be living in America - and it sends a warning to those thinking of illegally entering the United States. Thanks to the Secure Communities program, which requires local law enforcement to share arrestees' fingerprints with Washington, about half of those deported have criminal records. According to the administration, the vast majority of the rest either re-crossed the border...
  • Controversial Immigration Enforcement Program Is Target Of Lively Protest

    08/15/2011 10:25:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 15, 2011
    Controversial Immigration Enforcement Program Is Target Of Lively Protest August 15, 2011 | Hundreds gathered in Los Angeles on Monday night for a chance to address a federal task force that will propose changes to a controversial immigration enforcement program. Speaker after speaker at the lively meeting denounced the Secure Communities program, with most not calling for changes but for the program to end entirely. “I’m here asking the government to end this Secure Communities program,” said Blanca Perez, an undocumented worker who was arrested for selling ice cream from a cart on the street and then placed into deportation...
  • White House loosens border rules for 2012

    06/21/2011 3:20:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/11 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s administration is quietly offering a quasi-amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while aiming to win reelection by mobilizing a wave of new Hispanic voters, say supporters of stronger immigration law enforcement. The new rules were quietly announced Friday with a new memo from top officials at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The “prosecutorial discretion” memo says officials need not enforce immigration laws if illegal immigrants are enrolled in an education center or if their relatives have volunteered for the US military. “They’re pushing the [immigration] agents to be even more lax, to...
  • Other states leaving Secure Communities (TX expands ICE program]

    06/13/2011 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2011 | JASON BUCH
    As Texas moves toward expanding Secure Communities, several northern states are dropping out of the program that matches the fingerprints of those arrested against a U.S. [ICE] database. Last week, before Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that the expansion of Secure Communities would be on the agenda for the Legislature's special session, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced his state will not take part in the program. Massachusetts joins New York and Illinois in ditching Secure Communities amid concerns that the program, which ICE says is intended to identify the illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes and ensure they're removed from...
  • Seven Democrats ask Brown to suspend California's participation in Secure Communities

    06/12/2011 9:00:00 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2011 | Paloma Esquivel
    Members of California's congressional delegation called on Gov. Jerry Brown Friday to join three other states in suspending participation in a controversial federal immigration enforcement program. The seven Democratic representatives acted after the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly this week to support legislation allowing local communities to opt out of the Secure Communities program and Sheriff Lee Baca, a strong proponent, qualified his support in a letter to immigrant activists.In recent weeks, governors in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts have sought to suspend or have declined to enter into Secure Communities participation agreements. When it was launched in 2008,...
  • States balk at illegals program--Democratic areas rebel

    06/06/2011 6:43:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2011 | Stephan Dinan
    Massachusetts announced Monday that it will refuse to join the federal government’s Secure Communities initiative, becoming the latest state to balk at the Obama administration’s key anti-illegal immigration program designed to target gang members and violent felons for deportation. Following on the heels of Illinois and New York, which this year said they would try to opt out of the program, the move signals growing discontent from usually reliable Democratic territory over President Obama’s immigration policy, which is now drawing fire from both sides of the aisle. “The governor and I are dubious of the commonwealth taking on the federal...
  • Illegal Immigrants May Get a Break; Deportation Program Now Optional (for violent offenders too)(CA)

    05/28/2011 12:06:11 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 11 replies
    Fox 40 ^ | May 26, 2011 | Lonnie Wong
    The California State Assembly passed a bill that would allow counties to refuse to participate in the Homeland Security Department's controversial Secure Communities program. The program cross checks fingeprints from people who are arrested for crimes with Immigration and Customs records. It's designed to deport dangerous violent offenders who are also illegal residents. Some local sheriffs say the program is getting rid of violent criminals and is making the streets safer. But the State Assembly didn't agree in approving the bill which says counties aren't required to participate in the Secure Communities program unless they specifically chooses to.
  • State may opt out of federal deportation program

    05/26/2011 6:30:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/26/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The California Assembly approved a bill to allow counties to opt out of a controversial federal immigration program that lawmakers said rips families apart, leads to racial profiling and erodes trust between law enforcement and the immigrant community. Under the Secure Communities program, instated by President Obama, the fingerprints of anyone booked into a county jail are automatically cross-checked against immigration databases, and if a person is determined to be undocumented, local authorities hand them over to federal officials for deportation. A growing number of law enforcement officials and public leaders across the U.S., however, are criticizing the program, saying...
  • ICE Halts Deportation At ACLU’s Request

    05/19/2011 2:47:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 19, 2011
    In the latest collusion between the Obama Administration and the leftwing American Civil Liberties Union, Homeland Security officials have suspended the scheduled deportation of an illegal immigrant at the ACLU’s request. The move is part of a bigger plan to perhaps eliminate the federal program (Secure Communities) that identified the illegal alien in the first place. The influential open borders movement—which includes the ACLU—has aggressively pressured the administration to nix Secure Communities, which requires local authorities to check the fingerprints of arrestees against a federal database. The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have fallen through...
  • San Francisco to Stop Detaining Arrested Immigrants for Deportation

    05/07/2011 11:17:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2011
    San Francisco, one of the first sanctuary cities in the nation, plans to end its cooperation with federal immigration officials and start releasing illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses before they can be picked up for deportation. The city's decision is the latest development in a tug of war between several communities and the federal government over its controversial national program that automatically checks the immigration status of arrestees. Officials in jurisdictions including Providence, R.I., and Chicago have also challenged the program, which they say undermines trust that it has taken local law enforcement years to build in immigrant communities....
  • Secure Communities meets with strange resistance

    05/05/2011 8:02:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey explained in The Chronicle's Sunday Insight section his opposition to Secure Communities, the federal program that automatically passes new arrestees' fingerprints to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program applies to "everyone booked into a county jail," Hennessey complained - "even in a minor matter, such as having no driver's license in one's possession in a traffic stop." To Hennessey and many other "sanctuary city" supporters, a person can break federal immigration law, then violate state driver's license law, but still should escape the legal consequences. Secure Communities is supposed to address illegal immigration by targeting...
  • Calif may let locals opt out of immigration checks

    04/30/2011 6:50:05 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2011 | AMY TAXIN
    California lawmakers are the latest to weigh joining efforts in other states to gain control over a controversial national program that automatically checks the immigration status of arrestees. The Golden State accounts for more than a third of the deportations under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, and some local officials are saying they were misled by the federal government about the program's extent. Illinois lawmakers are also considering a measure to let communities retreat from the program. Washington state has deferred to local governments on whether they want to join the so-called "Secure Communities" program, which links up the...
  • Homeland Sec. “Confusion” Over Immigration Program (Napolitano lies)

    04/27/2011 2:19:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 27, 2011
    State and county officials who think they can drop out of a mandatory federal program that checks the immigration status of local arrestees have been misled by the Department of Homeland Security’s ambiguous orders. At least that’s the explanation offered by the agency’s beleaguered leader, Janet Napolitano, who finally clarified the matter to a growing number of local officials trying to get out of the Secure Communities program. Launched a few years ago, the initiative requires local authorities to check the fingerprints of arrestees against a federal database. The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have...
  • The Year In Review

    01/03/2011 9:40:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 1, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    As we mark the end of the old year and the beginning of something new, it’s wise to take a step back and assess the accomplishments and setbacks of our movement. 2010 was probably the most significant year in terms of advancing the debate over immigration enforcement within the body politic of this country in recent memory. The most notable event, of course, was the decision by Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona to sign into law Senator Russell Pearce’s signature piece of legislation, SB 1070. As a quick reminder, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act makes it...
  • Arlington opts out of federal immigration enforcement program [Virginia]

    09/28/2010 8:20:02 PM PDT · by freespirited · 30 replies
    Wapo ^ | 09/28/10
    The Arlington County Board has unanimously passed a resolution to opt out of the federal Secure Communities program, which uses the fingerprints of people in custody for other reasons to identify illegal immigrants. "It is not the role of Arlington County law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws," the resolution states. Last spring, Virginia officials signed up for the program, which shares any arrested individuals' fingerprints with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, without asking Arlington law enforcement's opinion, said board member Walter Tejada, the resolution's sponsor. "We are not defending criminals," Tejada said at Tuesday's board meeting. However, he...
  • ‘Secure Communities’ plan threatens immigrants (That's the illegal immigrants.)

    09/12/2010 6:46:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    The Queens Courier ^ | September 8, 2010 | AISHA AL-MUSLIM
    Courtesy of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) The steps of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). BY AISHA AL-MUSLIM Wednesday, September 8, 2010 1:16 PM EDT When New York State approved a new immigration enforcement program on May 10, there was no public outcry like in Arizona because N.Y.’s decision was kept secret, immigrant rights groups said. “In a way, it’s worse,” said Elizabeth Wagoner, senior staff attorney at Make the Road New York, based in Jackson Heights. “I don’t think you can compare the two. I think it...
  • Secure Communities

    07/30/2010 12:07:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    It's a head scratcher. Tom Maguire notes the NYT articles on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) program called Secure Communities -- which seems remarkably like the Arizona law which the department just succeeded in getting enjoined.    Tom quotes the latest article NYT article on the program: A task force recommended that Colorado institute a federal background check program called Secure Communities, which helps the authorities check an arrested person's immigration history through a government database, for possible deportation. Now, as Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. weighs whether to use Secure Communities, already in effect in 480 jurisdictions in 27 states, immigrant rights...
  • D.C. Council bill opposes immigrant fingerprint checks

    04/30/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies · 309+ views
    Examiner ^ | 04/28/10 | Freeman Klopott
    Some D.C. Council members are planning to propose legislation that would prevent police from joining a federal program designed to catch illegal immigrants by matching fingerprints of arrestees against a database, officials said. The District announced it was joining Secure Communities in November, but as the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month, the program has yet to get under way because police say they have run into technical difficulties. Now, Councilmen Jim Graham and Phil Mendelson say they are sponsoring legislation that will prevent the program from ever being implemented. They plan to introduce it May 4. Police Chief Cathy...
  • 3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

    05/13/2009 8:23:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 18 replies · 584+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-13-2009 | Anna Gorman
    Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail Law enforcement officials will begin running inmates' fingerprints through federal databases this month to see if they have had any contact with the immigration system. Once the inmates have finished serving their sentences, they will be transferred to immigration custody for possible deportation
  • 3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

    05/13/2009 8:47:14 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 7 replies · 447+ views
    3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail The effort is part of a national program to run the inmates' fingerprints through federal databases. Illegal immigrants may then be deported after being convicted and serving their sentences. By Anna Gorman 6:01 PM PDT, May 13, 2009 Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records. Law enforcement officials in the three counties will begin running...