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Facing Criticism, ICE Announces Reforms To Its Secure Communities Program

An ICE officer stands guard while deportees board a plane headed to their home country.
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Above: An ICE officer stands guard while deportees board a plane headed to their home country.

— Across the country, a wide majority of counties are signed on to the Secure Communities program, which relies on fingerprint data provided by local and state law enforcement after suspects are booked and jailed.

The program has been in existence for three years. But since 2010, ICE has been criticized for deporting a large number of non-criminal immigrants -- almost 30 percent of a total of 77,000 deportees.

After speaking to immigration attorneys at the American Immigration Lawyers Association meeting in San Diego, ICE director, John Morton, announced reforms.

Reforms to Secure Communities include giving ICE attorneys more power than arresting officers in deciding whether an immigrant should be deported or not.

Starting immediately, ICE will establish a new detainer form which limits the detention of undocumented immigrants without charges to 48 hours. The agency will also help train law enforcement around the country on civil liberties issues.

"We do prioritize with a heavy focus on serious offenders first," Morton told reporters. "The program is not restricted to just those who are serious offenders, but we do have a prioritization and we're trying to constantly work on refining it."

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | June 18, 2011 at 10:22 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Here we go again, making it easier for illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., thus attracting more people to get to the U.S. illegally. What do people not understand by the word ILLEGAL?

It makes not difference if an illegal immigrant is violent or non-violent. They're here illegally and we need to put a stop to this. I stand corrected, we need to limit this. We'll never be done with this any more than we'll be rid of corruption in politics. If ICE is arresting and deporting non-violent illegal immigrants, then let them continue to do so.

More energy needs to be focused on the governments of Third World Nations that do little if anything to improve their peoples' way of life. That is why people travel to the U.S. any which way they can. I do not fault them for that, but I blame people who think we should lighten up on illegal immigration. In my view that is peacefully co-existing with the status quo and does nothing to improve the situation. It does nothing to encourage legal immigration.

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Brittanicus | June 18, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

THE YEAR OF THE PEOPLE'S PARTY. THE TEA PARTY!

Its evident we need a PEOPLE'S PARTY to halt the corruption in Washington and halt the premeditated influence of the Special Interest lobbyists and open border Liberal Progressives.

The only way that we will repair the immigration enforcement law, such as enacting a permanent E-Verify, Secure Communities is to become an activist in the TEA PARTY? Yesterday Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota Chairman of the TEA PARTY has now presented herself as a Presidential contender. Outside of the majority of the runners, Bachmann is a solid moderate Conservative who will adamantly battle business influence, all religious do-gooders, open border advocacy groups and the Obama government. Bachman has promised that growing national trend towards tens of millions of average Americans joining the TEA PARTY will have a voice.

No longer will this nation be dictated to by the US Chamber of Commerce or the Communist inspired ACLU. This is not just white senior citizens coming to the ranks of this new national political party, as furtively hinted by the radical Liberal Progressives, but Hispanics, Asians, and legal ethnic people who see the illegal alien invasion, as stealing low paying jobs, raising taxes to pay for the free education of these children and the millions of illegal people’s using our health care. Even having a baby in this country is free, (NOT AVAILABLE TO LEGAL POPULATION) if you can slip past our border fence; this is a joke on all of us, because thousands of miles still remain unprotected? Another interesting Republican I listened to on C-Span this morning, was presidential candidate Buddy Roemer. He has been both a Congressman and Governor and in his speech in New Orleans today, he sounds like a TEA PARTIER? He substantiated the corruption that festers in Washington, that draws the Special interests and their lobbyists like blood-sucking leeches who have written our tax system, to favor them.

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Brittanicus | June 18, 2011 at 2:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

The giant corporations give billions of dollars in campaign contributions to alter the course of our laws to favor them. Huge dollar figures paid to both parties, which in return get illicit government contracts and the return huge subsidies to giant agricultural companies, drug companies insurance and others. Our multi-billion jobs go overseas as well as companies, and the only way to halt this rot, is to vote for TEA PARTY leaders. There will be no compromise with the suffocating dollars of big business that is killing America's jobs, bringing in cheap labor legally and stealing employment from our own people. Something that must be dealt with immediately is FREE TRADE, that isn't Free Trade as Buddy Roemer says; we are being taken advantage of? As I have mentioned before? We are the largest consumer nation in the world, but we are being ripped off by Chinese currency engineering. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE EITHER LAUGHED AT OR TREATED WITH DISDAIN BY OTHER NATION, FOR THE CLOWNS WHO GOVERN US. We better start remaking America or we need to be on a suicide watch.

We are sinking in a cesspool of greed and corruption and the only way out of our financial mess is a TEA PARTY President, Tea party oriented Senate and a Congress. Not the usual RINO'S, Liberal and Democrat rhetoric and propaganda. Personages like Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona and State Senator Russell Pierce who are now being victimized for carry out their duties, to protect their legal residents. They truly were the inception of the American people’s revolt against the unparalleled costs of illegal immigration, as they fought back against this unfettered plague.

HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THE MILLIONS OF FOREIGNERS, WHO JUSTIFY ENTERING AMERICA ILLEGALLY? ARE THE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO OUTLAY 2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS FOR ENACTING ANOTHER AMNESTY? (Read what the Heritage Foundation who calculated this incomprehensible dollar number.) FOR DECADES NOW WE HAVE BEEN BLED BY THE IRS TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? You have already seen the indifferent concern of the US government for decades ignoring this issue, which has been mounting daily. Illegal immigration has graduated to a far worse issue, which was ever expected. It's sickening that our country is turning into a balkanized society. How is it that hundreds of thousands of people, who legally arrived here, cannot comprehend the English language?

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Brittanicus | June 18, 2011 at 2:10 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Isn't a person being inspected supposed to be expected to have some knowledge of our national language? It’s a daily, monthly yearly mantra that illegal immigration is allowing even more poverty to ruin the American citizens and legal resident’s life opportunities. Even as American population is suffering under this unceasing deluge of impoverished people, we are still forced to through our taxes to pander to them. Michelle Bachmann will relieve the desperate in our society, reinforcing the borders, tracking visa over-stays and reverse the illegal immigration occupation before it’s too late. Mandated E-Verify, Secure Communities and another federal enforcement program 287 G. The TEA PARTY is growing in structure and will have an immense influence in the 2012 election.

Isn't a person being inspected supposed to be expected to have some knowledge of our national language? It’s a daily, monthly yearly mantra that illegal immigration is allowing even more poverty to ruin the American citizens and legal resident’s life opportunities. Even as American population is suffering under this unceasing deluge of impoverished people, we are still forced to through our taxes to pander to them. Michelle Bachmann will relieve the desperate in our society, reinforcing the borders, tracking visa over-stays and reverse the illegal immigration occupation before it’s too late. Mandated E-Verify, Secure Communities and another federal enforcement program 287 G. The TEA PARTY is growing in structure and will have an immense influence in the 2012 election.

Never the less, there are rumblings that illegal immigrants are intentionally voting in our elections. Blue States must be carefully watched, such as Sanctuary states as California and Nevada. There have already been serious forged voting incidents in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, New York and more. Organizations such as Acorn, supposedly dismantled are alive and well under different names and are a major criminal enterprise in fraudulent registrations. I think America is ready for a National ID card that would go a long way in stopping illegal aliens voting and also be yet another avenue to reduce corruption in welfare fraud. NumbersUSA covers all this immigration information and more? Judicial Watch is your window into the corruption and lies in Washington. To contact your Representative at federal level; Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121

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