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World Socialist Web Site
May 28, 2015

Los Angeles County backs Obama’s anti-immigrant agenda
By Dorota Niemitz

As reported by ICE, the Secure Communities Program allowed the agency to review 32 million fingerprint records, which were sent from local jails to the FBI to be checked against criminal databases and then forwarded to ICE. These programs are intended to target the whole immigrant population: according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research organization at Syracuse University, out of the record-high 438,421 people deported in 2013, only 12 percent had committed a serious crime. The vast majority had no previous record of a criminal conviction. More than half of the deportees were removed from the country on the basis of petty misdemeanors such as traffic violations. In 2013, ICE deported 46,759 non-citizens accused of illegal entry, 45,400 for driving under the influence of alcohol or committing traffic violations, and 6,770 for marijuana possession. Only 2,192 were deported for drug trafficking, 2,100 for sexual assault, and 6,505 for other types of assault.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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