States Pulling Out of “Secure Communities” Program


Illinois is one of three states that have now withdrawn from the “Secure Communities” program, under which states are sharing information and resources with the federal government to screen jail inmates and detainees for prior criminal histories pertinent to immigration policy.

New York and Massachusetts have followed the lead of Illinois, with each state’s governor noting that data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (“ICE”) pertinent to criminal records and immigration violations is frequently inaccurate.

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