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April 18, 2014

ICE Secure Communities Program Targets Non-Violent Residents Found With Potó Not Drug Traffickers
By Allison Geller

According to a new study, mass deportations are a direct result of the drug war, which sends foreign residents home on minor, non-violent charges. A just-released report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University analyzing the effects of the Secure Communities program, a surveillance initiative by the U.S. government meant to track violent non-citizens, finds that the program has overwhelmingly targeted non-violent drug offenders. The report examines the reasons behind the 40,000 drug-related deportations that have taken place every year since 2008. A total of almost 250,000 people have been deported for nonviolent drug offenses in the past six years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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