Complaints about Secure Communities Exaggerated; Time to Sign Up

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

I know this will shock readers of this blog, but it turns out that the primary complaint from Governor Patrick, the ACLU and the ethnic grievance groups about the Secure Communities program – that ICE is going after harmless otherwise law-abiding immigrants instead of criminals – is not true, according to new statistics released by ICE.

On its web site, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition says that “Secure Communities often snares hard-working immigrants guilty of no crime.”  As those who’ve followed this issue closely will remember, this complaint was the one taken most seriously by the media and community leaders.  

I guess it depends on what your definition of “often” is.  In fact, according to the new ICE stats, about six percent of the people removed through SC had no other crime on their record besides being here illegally.  That means 94% of those removed by ICE did have criminal convictions and/or serious immigration violations.  

I noticed this when doing research for a white paper I was recently invited to present to an advisory task force on Secure Communities created by DHS (that’s another good story!).  The paper is available at http://www.cis.org/node/3051 and has more information on the so-called “non-criminals” issue, the impact on community policing, and why traffic violators should not be exempt from Secure Communities.  

Now that ICE has at last apparently abandoned its policy of allowing pro-sanctuary politicians like Gov. Patrick to block the implementation of Secure Communities, the door is open for law enforcement agencies and municipal officials in the Commonwealth to request access to this effective program.   Sheriffs Joseph McDonald of Plymouth County and Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County, who have been among the early advocates for SC, are meeting with ICE reps from DC on August 24 to discuss how to move forward.   It’s time for others to raise their hand and let ICE know they want to be included.  For more information on how to do that, contact me at jmv@cis.org.  

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