“Overall Program – Identify, detain, and remove all aliens held in custody.”
– 2008 Congressional Status Report on Secure Communities
Secure Communities first went into effect in 2008 as a pilot program in Boston, MA, and six North Carolina and Texas counties. Promoted as a technological solution for sharing local arrest data with federal immigration agents looking for dangerous criminals, it has functioned as a much broader dragnet. Scroll through our timeline to track the development of this controversial program that the Obama administration wants to impose nationally by 2013. Check back regularly for updates.