In addition to the regular jail booking process, Anyone who is arrested in the state of California can now be scanned throughout the fedeal system of immigration status information by authorities, according to reports. On Friday, ICE, an acronym for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that the six remaining counties had now been added to the Secure Communities program this past week.
ICE also revealed that since May 2009, they have taken approximately 48,000 convicted illegal alien criminals into custody as a result of the identification process resulting from the program. Furthermore, of that 48,000 arrestees – 23,712 of the defendants have been deported from the United States. Apparently, more than 10,000 undocumented immigrants have been deported just from the Secure Communities Program alone.
Not only is the program being instilled across the state of California, but National Security is also implementing the program. Homeland Security records will be matched along with arrestees fingerprints, so if a match is made, immigration officials will be informed.
Secure Communities Acting Assistant Director, Marc Rapp said, “Secure Communities is improving and modernizing the identification and removal of criminal aliens. It is a major step forward in ICE’s efforts to work with local law enforcement in California and across the country to prevent criminal aliens from being released to our streets.”
However, the program is facing some criticism from immigrant advocates who think that involving police with immigrations enforcement makes immigrants less likely to report any crime.
Tom Ammiano, California Assemblyman, recently revealed a bill that could cancel the agreement between the ICE and California, unless counties are able to refuse to be a part of the program, because Ammiano and others feel that the program will negatively impact the relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement.
The ICE program was originally only a voluntary program, however, when counties began to opt out, they changed the program to involuntary.