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Feds Shift Focus of Immigration Enforcement to Violent Illegals

June 18, 2011  | 

The Obama Administration has altered the Secure Communities federal fingerprint program used by local law enforcement agencies to identify criminal illegal immigrants.

New guidelines are designed to focus on deportation of more violent illegals, while reducing deportations of illegals who are crime victims or witnesses. Also, prosecutors will be given more leyway in seeking deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued the new guidelines for its Secure Communities program where law enforcement agencies share fingerprints of suspects held in local jails with federal immigration authorities.

Up until now, the program has been credited with increasing deportations. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times about the program's impact:

The fingerprint-checking mechanism has helped the administration find and deport a growing number of illegal immigrants with criminal records or multiple immigration violations. It was the major reason behind an increase of more than 70% in deportations of convicted criminals in two years - from 114,415 people in 2008 to 195,722 in 2010.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Comments (3)

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ROSCOELSE @ 6/20/2011 11:47 PM

It must be campaign of office time,wouldn't want to alienate the illegal aliens that might vote for me where they don't have an I.D. check.

Cheryl Akin @ 6/24/2011 10:48 PM

I'm glad they are deporting the more dangerous illegal aliens. But I think they should deport everyone they find! And not reward them with all the freebies. We pay taxes and we dont get all the freebies. And what about them working "under the table"? That needs to stop. Obama is trying to destroy America. Why arent there lawsuits against him?

charlie n @ 12/10/2012 10:17 PM

Cheryl i totally agree! I mean come on when is enough enough?!! And I hate to admit it but Obama is no longer trying to destroy America, in four years he has succeed. Now we're just awaiting the shovels of dirt to cover us up as I must sadly admit, he won and America as we know it will never ever exist again!

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