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Opinion: Secure Communities Program Still a Problem

May 14, 2012
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The Obama administration issued new rules for detainees under the Secure Communities Act. Police are now advised not to detain immigrants who are stopped for  minor offenses.

These new rules do not fix the fundamental flaws in the program.

The main problem is expecting local police officers to follow the new rules, although many of them  are poorly trained and supervised. The danger of harassing undocumented migrants continues.

The administration attacked local government efforts to control immigration in a U.S. Supreme court hearing on Arizona’s restrictive law. At the same time, it is asking local police to enforce the Secure Communities act.

The war on immigrants must stop.

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