Obama Finally Puts an End to Unpopular Secure Communities Program (AllGov)
As part of broader immigration reforms, the Obama administration announced Thursday that the Secure Communities program, which mandated that local law enforcement submit biometric information on those suspected of being undocumented immigrants to the federal government, is going away. In its place will be the Priority Enforcement Program, which specifies that those held must be likely deportable or have a removal order in effect against them.
See also: Obamnesty ends Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program (USA Today)
The tone of the two headlines provides an interesting contrast. Few who knew about the Secure Communities program were ambivalent about it.
Our discussion of the program (maps, statistics, etc.) peaked in 2012.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson welcomed the news that the program will go into effect statewide May 15 (South Coast Today)
Here’s the AP’s take:
Controversial immigration program goes ahead despite Gov. Patrick’s objections
The program appears to be popular with elected law enforcement officials (county sheriffs) but less so among other elected leaders (the governor and some city councils).
|Click here for DHS ICE coverage PDF.
The comprehensive PFD at the ICE site has detail for each state. The only participating county in Massachusetts led to the detection of roughly the same number of re-arrested criminal aliens as in entire state of Missouri.
See post below for a national perspective on Secure Communities.