The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it would be terminating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Office 287(g) agreement and restricting its access to the Secure Communities program after a scathing Justice Department report found that the department had been routinely practicing unconstitutional policing. “The Department of Homeland Security is troubled... Read More

On the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement of its latest record-high number of deportations, two television documentaries and a study revealed persistent problems with the nation’s immigration detention and enforcement systems. Meanwhile, Santa Clara passed new guidelines for civil immigration detainers and a Washington D.C. Mayor signed an executive... Read More

Protestors in Chicago. Sarah-ji/Flickr A task force charged with making recommendations to improve the controversial Secure Communities program, released a critical draft report last week, saying that the Administration continued to create confusion about its enforcement priorities and underestimated the negative impact the program had on immigrant communities and community policing. Their... Read More

Earlier this month, Deportation Nation reported that ICE terminated contracts with states for the controversial Secure Communities program.  As a result, the immigration debate has once again boiled over. 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... Read More

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. The announcement came in a letter to state governors that seeks to “clarify an issue that has been the subject of substantial confusion” as ICE continues its plan... Read More

Courtesy: NYT A New York judge has ordered the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency to produce withheld information on how localities may “opt-out” or limit participation in the Secure Communities — even if it may be embarrassing to the agency. The decision was based on on-going FOIA litigation by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Center... Read More

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... Read More

John Morton, ICE Assistant Director Late Friday afternoon in a conference call with reporters, ICE unveiled a list of reforms to its controversial “Secure Communities” program. “We are listening to what people have said, what various state officials and community officials have raised, and we’re tyring to address those concerns head on,” said John Morton, ICE Assistant... Read More

Obama’s flagship immigration enforcement program faced criticism from coast to coast on Tuesday.  First The New York Times ran an editorial titled “Resistance Grows” that supported Massachusetts for joining Illinois and New York in rejecting Secure Communities. “We welcome the votes of no-confidence in Secure Communities,” read the NYT op-ed. “The... Read More

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has become the latest state official to decide not to sign his state up for the Secure Communities program after months of stalling on the decision. In a letter written by Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan on behalf of Gov. Patrick, Heffernan wrote that the Secure Communities program does not meets its objectives of targeting... Read More

After a day of rumors that New York state may pull out of Pres. Obama’s flagship immigration enforcement program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it official this afternoon. “There are concerns about the implementation of [Secure Communities] as well as its impact on families, immigrant communities and law enforcement in New York,” Cuomo said in a press release. “As... Read More

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.  It’s also been cross-posted on Feel free to repost this infographic. We simply request that you credit Deportation Nation and link to our... Read More

A letter from a former ICE regional coordinator, who was let go for his role in the opt-out confusion, provides more details on the strategy behind the implementation of the Secure Communities program. It was included in a series of letters sent by California Rep. Zoe Lofgren to Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General as evidence for an immediate investigation... Read More

Backlash against President Obama’s flagship immigration enforcement program, Secure Communities, has picked up momentum in recent weeks, and sparked new debate on how far the federal government will go to implement the program nationwide with disregard to opposition at the state and local level. Illinois: DHS overrules Illinois’ decision to terminate the program in the... Read More

Update: ICE Head John Morton will speak will Illinois officials Friday, May 6 to discuss how ICE could improve the Secure Communities program. The Huffington Post reported that DHS has confirmed that the agency will not allow the state to stop sharing fingerprinting information. Meanwhile, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has asked President Obama to suspend the program. According... Read More Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has written to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility asking for an investigation into the misconduct of immigration officials who she says misled the public with dishonest information on Secure Communities. At the heart of the debate is whether local jurisdictions and... Read More

*Update: Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has demanded an investigation into the actions of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency, saying that officials were not truthful about whether jurisdictions could opt-out of the Secure Communities program. “You can’t have a government department essentially lying to local government and to members of Congress,”... Read More

Deportation Nation launched Wednesday a new feature in its multimedia section called “A Bottom-Up Look at Secure Communities.” It features an exclusive video interview with Jason Cato, who has been researching the impact of programs like Secure Communities on local police enforcement and immigrant communities they come in contact with. Texas is fully enrolled in Secure... Read More

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, leads the counties enrolled in Secure Communities with the highest level of non-criminal deportations, followed by Prince George’s County in Maryland and Merced County in California, according to new data released Thursday by the Uncover the Truth Coalition. The data provides a breakdown of jurisdictions enrolled in Secure Communities and their... Read More

Immigration enforcement by local police is having a chilling effect on how residents interact with them, warns a report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). “The last thing we need is for laws to undermine the trust that police departments have built up with the community,” said Jerry Murphy, PERF’s Director of Homeland Security and Development, during... Read More