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Austin American-Statesman
November 8, 2017

Report: ICE exaggerates success of program ‘sanctuary cities’ resist
By Sean Collins Walsh

In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, according to a new report analyzing the agency’s data. ICE has publicly claimed that the Secure Communities program, which President Donald Trump rekindled upon taking office after the Obama administration scaled it back, led to 43,300 “criminal aliens” being deported form January to March. ICE’s own data, however, shows that only 10,893 immigrants were deported through the program during that period and that only 4,850 of those had serious criminal records, according to the report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which analyzes data obtained through regular Freedom of Information Act requests.

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