From The State:
Program criticized nationally is operational in all 46 counties
By NOELLE PHILLIPS
Friday, Nov. 25, 2011
Earlier this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quietly rolled out a program at Richland County’s jail that allows the agency to search for incarcerated illegal immigrants who also have criminal records.
Since April, the Secure Communities program has led ICE to identify 193 illegal immigrants and deport 25 of them from Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Statewide, ICE has identified 3,778 illegal immigrants, and 1,025 of them have been deported since the Secure Communities was introduced in the state in 2010, according to reports from the agency.
ICE started the Secure Communities program in 2008 and has slowly been rolling it out across the country. The intent is to catch and deport illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes or are suspects in major crimes.
The program has received criticism from immigrants-rights groups, who have held protests in major cities nationwide. Critics argue that the program leads to distrust between immigrants and police and has allowed the federal government to detain people who are being investigated for minor crimes such as traffic tickets. (more…)
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