Wisconsin joins controversial immigration program

All of Wisconsin’s 72 counties are now members of a controversial program that connects state fingerprint databases with a federal immigration registry. The new federal program, called Secure Communities, says its foremost goal is the deportation of aliens convicted of serious crimes, but by the government’s own admission, a large percentage of the people taken into custody since the program began in 2008 had no criminal record.

Immigration advocacy groups, including Voces de la Frontera, the largest in Wisconsin (and a WNPJ member group) have accused the program of using a dragnet approach to deportation.

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