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NY Times Report: "Growing Number" of American Citizens being Detained by the Obama Administration's "Immigration Crackdown"

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Julia Preston of the New York Times reports that the Obama administration is detaining an increasing number of United States citizens as "illegal immigrants" as a result of "flawed information" from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases.  The databases instruct local police to hold the individual for investigation for possible deportation.

The article gives examples of citizens that are being caught up in the Secure Communities deportation program that requires the fingerprinting of every individual booked at local jails.  The fingerprints are then cross-checked against DHS immigration databases. If a check returns positive an immigration hold is placed on the individual, enabling local law enforcement to detain the individual for up to 48 hours.  A false positive can be triggered in a Secure Communities fingerprint check because of "flukes" in the databases. 

It is unknow how many American citizens have been erroneously detained because, conveneintly, the Obama administration does not keep statistics on false positives. One study has been conducted, however, that reveals that 82 citizens were held in Arizona immigration detention centers for as long as a year before an immigration ultimately determined that they were United States citizens.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Do they prefer judgment calls and biases of officers? This is preferable but it's never fix the database system but throw the baby out with the bathwater. Bad faith apologists don't care a whit about due process and bad faith critics will never be satisfied and don't want to work towards improving the sytem. When the ACLU sues, e.g., Hazleton, PA, they just want to stop enforcement of immigration law. I've yet to hear them say that an enforcement scheme would be legal by doing x.

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