Detention facilities across the country work hard to get undocumented immigrants’ fingerprints to send to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE has being getting fingerprints in counties such as El Paso, Arapaho, and Denver of Maryland and Colorado. Colorado has made a bill to be able to continue this process of sending the ICE the fingerprints of undocumented immigrants that they collect without getting in trouble. The bill would allow Colorado’s jails to send fingerprints of undocumented immigrants to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) . Who would forward them to the FBI who would then send it to ICE. This can lead to mandatory deportation proceedings. The bill passed the House last week and is now in the state senate. ICE says that this is a program that will help secure communities and lower crime rates. For now the ICE has 1,000 jurisdictions in 38 states enrolled in their program and only hopes the by 2013 the program is in every jail in the country. The problem might not be securing communities and lower crime rates because El Paso, Arapaho, Denver, and Prince George jail have being sending the finger prints of undocumented immigrants to ICE, most of which those undocumented immigrants have no crime record or show to be any threat to the community.
Secure Communities is more harmful than helpful. It is only creating terror among the community, specially with undocumented immigrants that go out everyday and work hard to come back home with something to give their children to eat. It is not helpful because most of the people who are being deported are not criminals. Their only crime is being in this country working hard for a better life.
ICE Program: Safer communities or deportation dragnet? by: Lance Benzel Publish: April 03, 2011