Secure Communities Program is a name that has been mentioned often lately due to recent controversy surrounding it. Some people support it and believe it to be a good program while others argue that it perpetuates stereotyping and makes life more difficult for immigrants. But what is the Secure Communities Program?
The Secure Communities Program is a program run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They have stated that its purpose is to carry out the goals of ICE as efficiently as possible. According to ICE, their main goal is to protect the community that it serves. In this case, that community would be the registered citizens of the country. The Secure Communities Program has a connection with the FBI which is set up in order to help them quickly identify criminal immigrants using fingerprint matches. Secure Communities shares its fingerprints with the FBI after arresting or booking an immigrant into custody. The FBI will automatically send the DHS fingerprints to see if there is a match in the immigration database. If there is, then ICE will prioritize the removal of that immigrant due to their possible increased danger as a criminal.