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Immigrant groups criticize initiative



Published: Tue, July 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

DENVER

The federal government is expanding rapidly 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.

Since 2007, 467 jurisdictions in 26 states have joined. ICE has said it plans to have it in every jail in the country by 2013. Secure Communities is currently being phased into the places the government sees as having the greatest need for it based on population estimates of illegal immigrants and crime statistics.

Since everyone arrested would be screened, the program easily could deport more people than Arizona’s new law, said Sunita Patel, an attorney who filed a lawsuit in New York against the federal government on behalf of a group worried about the program.

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1Photoman(1004 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

What in the world is wrong with so many people that they fail to understand the word, "ILLEGAL"?
Is there any other country in the world where one can cross their border illegally without facing dire consequences? What is wrong with our government when we can send armed troops to protect the sovereignty of another nation but refuse to do the same to protect our sovereignty of our own nation? Have we really sunk so low in our political processes that we allow illegality to occur just so we can acquire votes?

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2sknirak(120 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

There's this idiotic "rooting for the underdog" thing in the USA. When you are an illegal (and therefore unwanted) migrant to our nation, you aren't an "underdog". You're a criminal!

Misguided sympathy for them is only contributing to the downfall of our nation.
One major requirement of a national government is to provide for it's safety. If fringe and kook groups are allowed to legally challenge laws designed to protect America, they should be put in their place. Because, enemies can invade us either militarily or infiltrate across borders, we as a nation are at risk.

And now, with the two ladies who have "feelings" and "empathy" for the downtrodden, newly installed on our Supreme Court, we are in real danger.

Thanks to all you dipsticks that voted for the Dalai Bama, you've put this nation in greater jeopardy. NOTHING Bush did could ever top that!!!

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3iBuck(217 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

So, they don't want to have to apply for visas and pass a proper background investigation to get one. They don't want to be sent back for having invaded. They don't want to be finger-printed and have their past criminal records checked when they're arrested for additional crimes. But they do want welfare hand-outs, food stamps/cards, in-state tuition, health care and anchor babies and chain-immigration, the privilege of voting, irresponsibility on the road, in some cases their own system of laws and courts, etc., while having US citizens pay for all of it. That's irrational at the very least.

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4300(554 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank god for Obama. I'll stand behind anyone who can infuriate the non-college educated, white male.

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5300(554 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Our immigration laws are ample and liberal? You've obviously never dealt with the State Department.

The real culprit that has caused this situation is the State Department. For example, someone opens up a Mexican restaurant in Ohio and needs some Mexican cooks; to go through the proper routes, it may take nearly a decade for the cook to receive his visa. When there are jobs that need filled, people will find other ways around that bureaucratic mess that we call our Consulates and Embassies.

There's no reason why someone can't get a work visa within a few months, other than most workers in the State Dept. are ceremonial in nature, and never screen a visa application during their career.

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6300(554 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Another example, back in the mid 90s, I simply couldn't find any top-level software/IT engineers willing to work in Ohio. So, I had to look elsewhere, and the amount of time I had to spent forcing the State Dept. to grant me 3 work visas for 3 Indians was literally in the hundreds of hours. All three were products of US grad schools in engineering, yet I couldn't easily transition them into full-time workers.

I don't feel sorry for any American who is in direct competition with illegal immigrants for jobs. In fact, if I ran a construction company I'd hire the illegals before the Americans because at least they showed some initiative in getting here. The American, on the other hand, wasted his time in high-school, and never bothered to put in the effort to become educated or learn a trade. To be given so much opportunity, and then lazily sit back and not take advantage of it is pathetic. The illegal, however, made their way through immigration routes and into the area, they function in a foreign society, and they don't expect handouts like so many here do. I respect that.

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7ziggypop(5 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

300& USA-1, You are both complete and total MORONS...Think about this! Crack down on immigration policies,and lock down our borders. Then ,here's the icing on the cake:You Black,African,Negro(don't know what you are) Americans, start the slave trade all over. (again) Accept this time(pay attention now)you sell your families and friends back to Africa, where you can run around naked and dirty and ignorant like you like to. And my uneducated white ass will make sure that Whitey won't be there to feed you, cloth you,and house you(ooops) I meant keep you down.
Then you can take all the money that us ignorant white folk give you for selling your own people (again) and live comfortably knowing that we won't be able to opress you any more. DUMB ASS

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8cambridge(3010 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

300....You would rather hire illegals than Americans. You are exactly who the government should be going after. If it weren't for people like you hiring illegals they would stop coming. You don't have the solution for the problem, you are the problem. People that hire illegals should be prosecuted and repeat offenders should be jailed.

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