New Developments in Secure Communities and the Next Generation Identification Initiative Advocates Confront FBI about its Role in Massive Deportation Program In June, advocates traveled [...]
Court Orders FBI, DHS and ICE to Lift “Veil of Secrecy” and Comply With Freedom of Information Act
“Sort of True” Still “Good Enuf” for ICE: Newly Disclosed Documents Confirm ICE Detainers are Voluntary, Suggest ICE Misled Public About Costs of Compliance
Newly disclosed internal documents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) repeatedly describe immigration detainers as voluntary “requests” and confirm that there is no “procedure to force a[ local law enforcement agency] to honor detainers.”
Newly Obtained Documents Reveal Secure Communities Program Leads to Deportations of People Who Have Never Been Arrested, Despite Objection of California Department of Justice (PR)
Today, advocates released emails from the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) that show that ICE’s controversial Secure Communities deportation program is sweeping in individuals who have never been criminally arrested, despite objections raised by the California Department of Justice.
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is one of seventy-seven state and local law enforcement agencies across the country and one of five agencies in Georgia that are involved in a program known as 287(g), made possible through section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The 287(g) program allows local law enforcement representatives to act as immigration officers and participate in enforcement of federal civil immigration laws, per a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE).
Rights Groups Submit Detailed Comments in Response to ICE “Secure Communities” Stakeholder Questionnaire
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in conjunction with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, responded this week to a request for comments from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The comments respond to Federal Register request for public comment to ICE’s draft questionnaire called Form 70-008 aimed at stakeholders of the new “Secure Communities” initiative. The new initiative is designed to increase information sharing between local departments of corrections, law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and immigration authorities. Through increased information sharing, ICE believes that Secure Communities will be able to target “the most dangerous criminal aliens” for deportation. Blurring the lines between local enforcement and the federal immigration authorities can lead to racial profiling, increased incarceration and deportation of non-citizens with US Citizen family members and community ties.