Simply Arrogant and Ethically Challenged

We are not sure how the activities between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the White House could be construed as anything but collusive. After months of protesting some Democrat as well as Republican governors trying to figure out how and why the Obama administration is cancelling more than 40 agreements it has signed with states under the Secure Communities program, although the move will have no apparent impact on the controversial effort to identify and deport convicted felons.

“No agreement with the state is legally necessary for one part of the federal government to share it with another part. This change will have no effect on the operation of Secure Communities in your state,” read the letter, sent via email to the offices of over 40 governors Friday.

Under the program, the FBI automatically sends fingerprints from local law enforcement agencies to U.S. Immigration and Customs to check a suspect’s immigration status. The program is used in more than 1,400 jurisdictions, including the entire Southwest border area. However we have a question right about here.

As initially with the federal government’s case against the State of Arizona one major assumption kept getting far too in the way; the process of asking or making any inquiry predicated upon the citizenship of any suspect being detained. In addition, these remarks have been made with regards to the great State of Alabama as well. So then are we to assume that based on a federal agency having fingerprints of a potential suspect, then its okay to ask about their citizenship status?

But governors in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and several other states have expressed concern that the effort has ensnared minor offenders as well as more serious criminals, and has deterred some victims from coming forward to aid police. Several governors had announced their intention to withdraw from the agreements, and the cancellations do not address at least some of their concerns.

Homeland Security officials say the fingerprint-sharing program has been highly successful. Over the last three years, more than 77,000 immigrants convicted of crimes, including more than 28,000 convicted of offenses such as murder, rape and sexual abuse of children, were deported after they were identified through the Secure Communities program. This again prompts our question as to where are they now? Are these deported convicts still in the countries of origin, or as in so many cases have they returned “home” yet.

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