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The Austin Chronicle
May 30, 2014

Despite Opposition, Sheriff 'S-Comm' Hamilton Rolls On
By Tony Cantú

Participation in the Secure Communities initiative is voluntary; since its inception, there have been about 4,300 deportations from Travis County, according to the Transactional Records Access Clear­ing­house database. In theory intended to target hardened criminals, the S-Comm initiative has instead engulfed immigrants with no history of crime. According to TRAC data, 73% of Travis County ICE detainers were placed on immigrants with no criminal conviction, while only 3% met the agency's definition of Level I serious criminal offenders.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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