Federal immigration enforcement is mandatory, memo says
A recently released memo says that the Secure Communities program will become mandatory by 2013; states and some counties had been told they could opt out.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a December speech to the… (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
January 08, 2012|By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Two years after the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program was implemented, federal officials determined that choices available to local law enforcement agencies that wished to decline or limit their participation would be \"streamlined\" or \"eliminated,\" making the information-sharing program mandatory, according to a memo recently made public.

Launched in 2008, Secure Communities was promoted to local and state leaders as a way to focus immigration enforcement efforts on \"serious convicted criminals.\" But the program, which involves the FBI sharing fingerprints collected from county jails with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has come under fire because a large percentage of immigrants caught up in the system were never convicted of a crime or were low-level offenders.


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