Posts Tagged ‘Secure Communities Program’

DENVER – The federal government is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing opposition from local authorities and advocates who argue the initiative amounts to an excessive dragnet.

The program has gotten less attention than Arizona’s new immigration law, but it may end up having a bigger impact because of its potential to round up and deport so many immigrants nationwide.

The San Francisco sheriff wanted nothing to do with the program, and the City Council in Washington, D.C., blocked use of the fingerprint plan in the nation’s capital. Colorado is the latest to debate the program, called Secure Communities, and immigrant groups have begun to speak up, telling the governor in a letter last week that the initiative will make crime victims reluctant to cooperate with police “due to fear of being drawn into the immigration regime.”

Under the program, the fingerprints of everyone who is booked into jail for any crime are run against FBI criminal history records and Department of Homeland Security immigration records to determine who is in the country illegally and whether they’ve been arrested previously. Most jurisdictions are not included in the program, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been expanding the initiative.

AND FINGERPRINTING!

COLORADO, please do not start using this sort of system.  There is a major reason why D.C. and San Francisco have denied the same measures… we are humans.. not freaking cattle to be identified whenever someone from the government wants to check… because that is what fingerprinting will lead to.  If we want government to offer us amazing benefits (like health care) they are naturally going to think that something like this could also get passed.  It is called government meddling and it seems to be happening more and more everyday COUGH::ARIZONA::COUGH.

HOWEVER, please note, this is not something on any statewide level.  This is the federal government trying to use fingerprinting during ‘extreme’ cases of violence and such.  Basically, if you are bad, and you are here illegally, this system will identify that ‘apparently’.  I say ‘apparently’ because just like with Arizona’s law, this is most likely going to lead to racial profiling, and excessive use of fingerprinting because it appears that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT doesn’t know what they have crossed the line!

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Wow, look at how big these beds are!

By Kevin Sieff

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The largest immigrant detention center in the mid-Atlantic will soon open in Prince Edward County, an effort to accommodate Virginia’s unprecedented surge in detentions of illegal immigrants picked up on criminal charges.

The $21 million, privately run center will house up to 584 immigrant detainees when it opens its doors. Over the next year, it might grow to hold 1,000 prisoners, most of them snagged by the federal government’s growing Secure Communities program, which aims to find and deport criminal illegal immigrants.

Last month, Virginia became the second state, after Delaware, to implement the program statewide, requiring jails and prisons to screen prisoners by immigration status and check their fingerprints against the country’s immigration database.

The immigration debate has grown increasingly polarized, and the Secure Communities program has become a symbol of that division. John T. Morton, head of ICE, calls it the agency’s attempt to “secure the nation and protect public safety.” But many immigrant advocates, including Enid Gonzalez, a lawyer at CASA of Maryland, say the program “claims to keep violent criminals off the streets, but instead it’s just incarcerating innocent busboys.”

via Immigrant detention center in Va. would be mid-Atlantic’s largest.

So, a giant detention facility made especially for illegal immigrants.  This will create over 300 jobs in the area, nice… nice.  I am so sick of this bullshit and rhetoric behind these sorts of institutions, making it look really good to have this facility, when in reality there are bound to be some major problems with putting people who come from all these different cultures together in one place – oh wait, that’s America.

We don’t need to be wasting our taxdollars and time on specialized institutions for this purpose.  Does the need to have separate facilities from our prisons for ‘wrong-doing’ illegal immigrants indicate that there is a problem with our current prison system, or that maybe these new institutions are greater than or less than our current prison system?

Imagine the types of people that will be put together within this facility… if ICE can easily be blamed for capturing non-offensive ‘illegal-immigrants,’ by multiple media and social outlets, does this mean that we will be having major offenders alongside non-major offenders?  Where will the children go in this case?

As I learn more information about this facility, I will keep you posted.