SC County Officials Debate ICE Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) _ A controversial federal fingerprinting program came under fire on Tuesday in San Jose as immigrant rights communities asked Santa Clara County Supervisors to opt out of the program.

Immigrant rights advocates said they feel insecure about Secure Communities, a federal program that compels local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of any immigrant who is arrested with immigration officials.

Jazmin Segura with SIREN said the program is tearing some immigrant families apart.

Click to listen

“We’ve seen that unfortunately, the most impacted by this type of program are the most vulnerable,” she said.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform instead of relying on a patchwork of laws.

“There’s a lot of concern here that if we start trying to apply those laws locally, before this immigration reform, there’s going to be a lot of problems,” said Cortese.

Secure Communities is currently in place in 35 California counties.

ICE declined KCBS’ request for an interview but said that since Santa Clara County began participating in the program, 39 criminal immigrants have been removed from the area.

And seven of those have been convicted of serious crimes like rape, kidnapping and murder.

Comments

One Comment

  1. John Hitts says:

    Bleeding heart liberals. This is America if they don’t like our laws then LEAVE!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Listen Live