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Limiting State and Local Compliance with Immigration Detainers: An Advocacy Overview

Over the last several years, we have witnessed a concerning increase in ICE relying on partnerships with state and local law enforcement to identify immigrants it wishes to remove from the United States. Through the Secure Communities program, for example, fingerprints taken when booking individuals charged with state or local crimes are checked against federal immigration databases. This information sharing enables ICE to investigate whether individuals in local jails might be unlawfully present or removable.

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