Illinois at Odds With Feds on Immigration Enforcement

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Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn’s General Counsel, John Morton, said that the “Secure Communities” program of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (“ICE”) would not make communities safer, but would instead cause fewer immigrants to reach out to law enforcement authorities with information about crimes for fear of deportation.

Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, reiterated the Obama administration’s desire to focus on deportation of violent criminals only under the program, which authorizes fingerprint and information sharing while encouraging local authorities to hold immigrant criminal suspects indefinitely for deportation.

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