history. However, the large numbers of deportees reported by
government immigration authorities have themselves become
Various organizations that specialize in immigration matters have
concluded that the total number of people deported has included
a preponderance of those whose "crimes" have been minor --
broken tail lights at traffic stops, expired driver's licenses, other
minor infractions of the law.
Many of these referrals for deportation have been made by a
program that was supposed to isolate serious criminals -- the
Secure Communities program --in which local law enforcement
authorities routinely enter fingerprints and other data of people
they arrest locally into an immigration database.
Other parts of the database are provided through a program
known as 287(g), which gives local law enforcement personnel
the authority to act as proxies for Federal immigration officials in