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Chicago Tribune
June 6, 2016

Some citizens face immigration arrests because of weak legal protections, experts say
By Jeanne Kuang

A University of California at Berkeley study estimated that from 2008 to 2011, about 3,600 citizens were arrested by ICE through Secure Communities, a discontinued program through which local police departments sent fingerprints of their arrestees to the federal agency so it could identify people who fit the criteria for deportation. Many people ended up on ICE's radar through this program, which ran from 2008 to 2014, because being foreign-born could trigger suspicions, or their citizenship was not well-documented in government records. The agency issued detainers on inmates who are flagged, asking local jails to hold people after their release so they can be transferred to ICE custody. A records review by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that between fiscal years 2008 and 2012, ICE placed 834 detainers on American citizens, and over 28,000 on legal permanent residents.

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