Illinois Pulls Out of Secure Communities Program

Story tools

Comments

A A AResize

Print

Share and Email

 
CHICAGO -- Governor Pat Quinn is ending Illinois’s participation in a controversial federal immigration program meant to deport immigrants guilty of serious crimes, which has resulted in the detention of mostly immigrants convicted of no crimes or minor offenses.

Illinois is the first state in the nation to agree to participate and then withdraw from the Secure Communities program, which obligates local law enforcement agencies to share fingerprints of anyone arrested with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

As the Chicago News Cooperative reported in March, ICE officials and contractors had aggressively pushed to implement the program in Chicago despite county and city ordinances that appear to prohibit city and county law enforcement agencies from participating.

Quinn’s announcement came as the state legislature was scheduled today to debate and vote on the Smart Enforcement Act, which would have allowed counties to opt out of the program, require an accounting of its cost to local law enforcement agencies and mandate it only be used for immigrants with serious criminal convictions. Senate president John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan on Saturday attended an immigrants rights rally centered on the Smart Enforcement Act and the Illinois DREAM Act, also scheduled for a vote today, which would provide scholarships for undocumented students at no expense to taxpayers.

Read more
 

Comments

 
Anonymous

Posted May 4 2011

Once the knowledge gets around, that Illinois is open to illegal alien occupation? Hundreds of thousands witll pour into the neighborhoods of Chicago and across the State. They are absconding from Arizona and less hospitable States, because they can no longer drain the welfare and social services. These are masses of economical illegal aliens, not dissimilar to the illegal migrants and immigrants that is destroying the States of California and Nevada. California, the first Sanctuary State forced on honest taxpayers by the Lefists progressives in Sacramento. Now they are begging the Obama administration to aid them in reducing the 26 billion dollar State deficit. There scholls are overcrowded by illegal alien children that receive free breakfasts and lunches. The Mothers who have birthright babies, are clogging the hospitals,and receiving cash payments of around $600.00 dollars they conceive, along with low income housing, that is rented out rooms to even more relatives and other households. Unless Illinois State Legislators author their own illegal alien policing laws, such as E-Verify, Secure Communities and 287, you too will be overrun and taxes will rise to accommodate the economic illegal aliens who will surely be at your door.

Anonymous

Posted May 4 2011

Can I opt out of paying my state income tax, Mr. Governor? I'm moving out.

Anonymous

Posted May 5 2011

As usual the dems of Illinois cater to special interests and ignore the middle class. taxes and crime go up and our standard of living goes down.
Dave in Chicago

Anonymous

Posted May 5 2011

great !!! We'll send em all to Illinois. They pop out a kid a year and you get to support em all. Legislators who care about their state opt for E-Verify and 287g. Now the illegal aliens have a place to go and you will be broke in not time.

Anonymous

Posted May 6 2011

CALL -OUR- Congress @ 866 220 0044
DEMAND -OUR- IMMIGRATION LAWS BE ENFORCED !
E-verify -ALL- JOBS & GOV`t. PROGRAMS->section-8 , welfare , foodstamps , wic. etc. !
287g->NATIONWIDE TO FIND & DEPORT -ALL- illegal aliens !
ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT !
-ALL- illegal aliens from -ALL- COUNTRIES ARE CRIMINALS !
Visit- AmericanPatrol.c - OutRagedPatriots.c !
"FREE FAXES" to -OUR- Congress @ NumbersUSA.c 0r CapsWeb.o !
google-> Work in the states build a life in Mexico -> To see that BETTER LIFE !
thanks
GOD BLESS THE U.S.!!!

Anonymous

Posted May 6 2011

CALL -OUR- Congress @ 866 220 0044
DEMAND -OUR- IMMIGRATION LAWS BE ENFORCED !
E-verify -ALL- JOBS & GOV`t. PROGRAMS->section-8 , welfare , foodstamps , wic. etc. !
287g->NATIONWIDE TO FIND & DEPORT -ALL- illegal aliens !
ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT !
-ALL- illegal aliens from -ALL- COUNTRIES ARE CRIMINALS !
Visit- AmericanPatrol.c - OutRagedPatriots.c !
"FREE FAXES" to -OUR- Congress @ NumbersUSA.c 0r CapsWeb.o !
google-> Work in the states build a life in Mexico -> To see that BETTER LIFE !
thanks
GOD BLESS THE U.S.!!!

Anonymous

Posted May 6 2011

CALL -OUR- Congress @ 866 220 0044
DEMAND -OUR- IMMIGRATION LAWS BE ENFORCED !
E-verify -ALL- JOBS & GOV`t. PROGRAMS->section-8 , welfare , foodstamps , wic. etc. !
287g->NATIONWIDE TO FIND & DEPORT -ALL- illegal aliens !
ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT !
-ALL- illegal aliens from -ALL- COUNTRIES ARE CRIMINALS !
Visit- AmericanPatrol.c - OutRagedPatriots.c !
"FREE FAXES" to -OUR- Congress @ NumbersUSA.c 0r CapsWeb.o !
google-> Work in the states build a life in Mexico -> To see that BETTER LIFE !
thanks
GOD BLESS THE U.S.!!!

Disclaimer: Comments do not necessarily reflect the views of New America Media. NAM reserves the right to edit or delete comments. Once published, comments are visible to search engines and will remain in their archives. If you do not want your identity connected to comments on this site, please refrain from commenting or use a handle or alias instead of your real name.