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Administration Issues New Rules For Detaining Undocumented Migrants

May 7, 2012
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A recent federal task force recommended that undocumented migrants with no major crimes on their records should not face deportation when stopped for minor traffic violations. They said the main goal of the program was to deport serious criminals including those driving while drunk.

As a result, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (known as ICE) is changing its program for undocumented migrants charged with only minor traffic violations.

ICE now will only place a “detainer” on minor violators. This means ICE believes that deportation action will not be an “efficient use of government resources.”

Such undocumented immigrants stopped by police will not be taken into  custody

Concerns have been raised about local police applying the program in a consistent manner.

Several states have resisted enforcing the Secure Communities Program because of opposition from immigrant groups.

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