A recent Washington Post article highlights how Virginia police are frustrated that Secure Communities has targeted non-criminal immigrants for deportation while letting dangerous offenders go free. The solution, they argue, is even more involvement of local police in immigration enforcement. Police dissatisfaction in Loudoun County, VA, focuses on the federal fingerprint database at the heart of Secure Communities, which allows police to run fingerprints of any suspect booked... Read More

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was then transferred from jail to ICE custody because he lacked proper immigration papers. Yogi has lived... Read More

New York counties enrolled in Secure Communities as of January 13, 2010. (Source: ICE) There isn’t much landscaping work in Rockland County during the winter, so the Jornaleros Project rents space from a church where day laborers can stay indoors, find warm clothes, and pass the time taking English classes. During the rest of the year, the project often advises workers on how to deal with employers who refuse to pay them. “It’s a community that’s easy to... Read More

As part of our Share Your Story project we are launching “In Detention,” a blog of letters from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was then transferred from jail to ICE custody because he lacked... Read More

After Breakfast we usually get to watch a little TV and its usually a Spanish channel with music and girls, letting us show a semblance of male bravado. At the tail end of that, 5 am or so, the guys assigned to cleaning crews go to a standing 10’ by 10’ steel cage by a hall door to take out cleaning materials. They come by, some with long brushes and some with spray bottles and towels, to clean what mess there might be and to half-earn the $1.00 a day we who work get paid. Our... Read More

Update: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has signed a Secure Communities agreement with ICE and is waiting ICE’s co-signature. His spokesperson, Amy Kemp, told Deportation Nation the agreement was not modified from the template signed with other states. Kemp said once ICE activates the program, all police departments in Rhode Island  will begin sharing arrest data with immigration agents, instead of being activated individually. In a press statement, Kilmartin... Read More

Colorado is set to become the first state to put significant limits on  Secure Communities, a program that shares local arrest data with federal immigration agents. Protection for domestic violence victims and new oversight measures appear alongside boilerplate language in a familiar ”memorandum of agreement” (MOA) that 35 other states have signed with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Deportation Nation reviewed the agreement that Colorado Governor... Read More

I thought I have done most everything right, and to the best of my abilities. I grew up on the south side of Tucson an area of low social economic status along with thousands of at risk youth. I remember junior high classmates being pregnant, loosing friends to drive byes and to incarceration. Having gone against the odds and finishing high school, attending college, graduating college with two degrees, I ended up here, the place I was working so hard not to end up in. This is... Read More