One of Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) current programs is called "Secure Communities." In this program, ICE works together with local law enforcement, and the program allows the police to check the fingerprints of the person their booking into jail against Department of Homeland Security immigration databases. If police find something, then ICE is notified, even if the person hasn't been convicted of a crime. This is problematic and One America spells out several reasons why "Secure Communities" is flawed, including:
- It hurts community policing initiatives by eroding trust between communities and the police;
- It has hidden costs that place a burden on local governments that are already having money problems;
- It can lead to racial profiling;
- It indiscriminately destroys families and communities;
- It often rolls out without opportunities for public input.
To learn more about how Secure Communities is flawed, check out:
This Infographic from Deportation Nation
And also check out OneAmerica's page Stop ICE's Insecure Communities for more information.
If you have a friend or family member in jail and they are also dealing with immigration problems, you should contact an immigration lawyer for advice.