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July 9, 2015

The Political Exploitation Of One Undocumented Murderer
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Sanctuary cities have emerged as a response to policies that haven’t done a good job of finding their intended targets: Immigrants with serious criminal records who may pose a threat to Americans. Late last year, President Obama announced an executive action to eliminate the Secure Communities (S-Comm) program, which allowed local and state jails to share biometric information with federal immigration and asked local precincts to honor immigration holds. That move ostensibly shifted away from targeting immigrants with low-level offenses to focus on those who have committed serious crimes. A 2014 Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse report found that just 12 percent of all deportees caught through the Secure Communities program just the previous year committed a serious or “Level 1″ offense — people who pose a serious threat to public or national safety.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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