Keller Graduate School of Management
PA 582, Week 3 Project, Spring A 2011
Secure Communities is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program designed to identify immigrants in U.S. jails who are deportable under immigration law. ‘The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is one of more than a thousand activated jurisdictions participating in Secure Communities (S-Comm). For the uninitiated, here's how it works: Say a man is arrested for driving without a license by the Dallas Police. He gets booked into a Dallas County jail and his fingerprints are scanned and sent to the FBI's biometric database, which will determine if he has a criminal history. With S-Comm it doesn't stop there. The prints are also transmitted to an ICE database that ostensibly will return a hit if the guy is undocumented. If he is, ICE may issue a detainer and” request" 48 hours' notice before he's released on bond so they can pick him up. According to updated language, holding him is no longer "required," it's "requested," which is a pretty fascinating change-up no doubt arrived at by the Justice Department given the language in the statute” (Hargrove, 2011). The program was established to remove the most dangerous criminal aliens and repeat immigration offenders. Through Oct. 31, 2011, more than 110,000 immigrants convicted of crimes, including more than 39,500 convicted of aggravated felony (level 1) offenses like murder, rape and the sexual abuse of children were removed from the United States after identification through Secure Communities. These removals significantly contributed to an 89 percent increase in the overall percentage of convicted criminals removed by ICE, and a 29 percent reduction in the removal of people without a conviction, from October 2008 until the end of FY 2011("Secure communities: A," 2011).
This policy implementation had some problems related to its establishment...