Resistance to Secure Communities
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This week the Obama Administration announced new guidelines to unclog the immigration courts by allowing low-priority immigrant offenders to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. The announcement was made during a series of heated Secure Communities hearings where advocates are calling for the termination of the program. A NY judge also forced ICE to re-release hundreds of documents unredacted. Here’s your look at last week’s top immigration news.
ICE says it has decided to “terminate” contracts with states for its increasingly unpopular Secure Communities program. But that doesn’t mean the data-sharing enforcement program will stop.
New documents released Wednesday assert that ICE’s controversial Secure Communities program is just a small part of a bigger effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create the “world’s largest crime-fighting computer database of biometric information, including fingerprints, palm prints, iris patterns and face images” called Next Generation Identification (NGI) project.
We added an infographic to our multimedia section. It explains how the Secure Communities program works, the technical process beyond the computer, and provides ICE’s most recent submission/deportation statistics.