Illinois withdraws from controversial deportation program

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced that the state will withdraw from Secure Communities, a controversial federal program that claimed to focus on deporting undocumented immigrants who pose a danger to the public. In fact, the program has thrown a wide net over the immigrant community, rounding up many people who have no criminal record. Governor Quinn noted that more than 30% of those caught and deported in Illinois under Secure Communities had never been convicted of a crime. Quinn's action

comes after several cities in California attempted to opt out of Secure Communities, only to be told they could not. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) are asking for a probe into whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement intentionally misled the public and local authorities to get them to enlist in Secure Communities. Read more....