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‘Secure Communities’ fingerprint program emerges from Arizona’s immigration shadow

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An Iranian man fingerprints his ballot paper before casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran on March 14, 2008. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070 has incited controversy, but a lesser known federal program called Secure Communities has the potential to deport far more illegal immigrants. The Secure Communities program works by cross-referencing a suspect’s fingerprints with other government agencies at the point of arrest. 467 jurisdictions in 26 states have already joined the program, but some are opting out citing civil liberties concerns. Do you think this program goes too far? Would you like your city to use the program?


Marc Rapp, Deputy Director for the Secure Communities Program Management, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Chris Newman, Legal Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Steven Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies

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