MEDIA RELEASE: New Numbers Demonstrate Persisting Problems with ICE’s Controversial “Secure Communities” Program

New Numbers Demonstrate Persisting Problems with ICE’s Controversial “Secure Communities” Program
Large Numbers of Deportees with No Criminal Convictions in NC Raise Troubling Questions, Say Advocates
 
DURHAM (March 24, 2011) – A new analysis of the latest data reported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the controversial Secure Communities program demonstrates persisting problems with ICE’s claim that the program’s focus is on high-level dangerous criminals.

More than 40 percent of people deported from Durham County, Gaston County and Mecklenburg County have not been convicted of any crime, the analysis shows, making them among the highest counties in the country in terms of percentage of non-criminal deportees.
 
The ICE agency began issuing quarterly reports as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
 
Those advocates released a new analysis today of the latest data that contradicts the agency’s claim that the program pursues those convicted of dangerous crimes and prevents opportunities for racial profiling on the part of local law enforcement.

Nationally, 1 in 4 people deported under S-Comm haven’t been convicted of any crime. That ratio jumps to over 40 percent in Durham, Gaston,  and in multiple examples across the country,” said Bridget Kessler of Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.  “Those numbers raise questions about how S-Comm may allow local police to cover up profiling and circumvent due process.”

Wake County was slightly below 40 percent, at 38.51 percent, but also included the highest total number of deportations in North Carolina. Wake has deported 1,218 people since entering the controversial S-Comm program.

"It is disappointing, but not surprising, to see North Carolina counties among the worst examples nationally when it comes to deporting people without serious criminal convictions,” said Dani Martinez-Moore of the NC Justice Center. “Now that S-Comm is active in all 100 counties as of last week, we are concerned that our existing problems with racial profiling by law enforcement officials in our state will worsen."
 
When questioned during a recent House Appropriations Committee Hearing on March 11th, Director of ICE John Morton admitted, “we do in fact remove non-criminals through Secure Communities.”
 
Gaston County's percentage of non-criminal deportations was 53.19 percent, and Mecklenburg's 42.80 percent.
 
Statistical Documents Can Be Found at http://ndlon.org/pdf/scommfeb/
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dani Martinez-Moore, NC Justice Center, dani@ncjustice.org, 919-533-9203; B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668
 
Top 38 Jurisdictions with Highest Level of Non-Criminal Deportations(details available at http://ndlon.org/pdf/scommfeb/)
State 
 County 
 Activation      Date 
TotalREMOVALS
 
% of      Non-Criminal in Total
% of non-crim &    level 3 removals in Total
 LA  
 Jefferson Parish  
 11/17/09  
325
 
72.00%
89.54%
 MD  
 Prince    George's  
 12/22/09  
223
 
65.02%
82.51%
 CA  
 Merced  
 8/10/10  
182
 
64.29%
82.42%
 NV  
 Clark  
 7/27/10  
461
 
63.56%
78.96%
 PA  
 Philadelphia  
 7/21/09  
164
 
61.59%
81.71%
 FL  
 Palm        Beach  
 4/6/10  
273
 
61.17%
78.02%
 TX  
 Webb  
 6/16/09  
545
 
60.00%
85.69%
 CA  
 Fresno  
 3/23/10  
486
 
59.88%
73.46%
 FL  
 Orange  
 4/6/10  
169
 
59.17%
75.74%
 CA  
 Tulare  
 7/27/10  
283
 
58.66%
78.80%
 FL  
 Broward  
 8/25/09  
488
 
56.76%
76.02%
 SC  
 Charleston  
 9/8/10  
304
 
55.59%
90.13%
 MA  
 Suffolk  
 11/5/08  
313
 
53.99%
69.01%
 MI  
 Wayne  
 10/27/09  
217
 
53.46%
76.96%
 NC  
 Gaston  
 11/17/08  
141
 
53.19%
86.52%
 OK  
 Oklahoma  
 11/3/09  
452
 
51.77%
75.22%
 OH  
 Franklin  
 1/19/10  
240
 
51.25%
86.25%
 FL  
 Miami‐Dade  
 2/24/09  
1,978
 
50.76%
68.40%
 CA  
 Solano  
 1/12/10  
186
 
50.00%
68.28%
 FL  
 St.      Lucie  
 2/18/09  
176
 
48.86%
75.57%
 NM  
 Bernalillo  
 9/28/09  
252
 
48.81%
79.76%
 CA  
 Monterey  
 4/6/10  
529
 
47.64%
70.13%
 TX  
 El    Paso  
 6/17/09  
1,205
 
47.22%
82.07%
 CA  
 Kern  
 9/14/10  
317
 
47.00%
69.40%
 CA  
 San      Luis Obispo  
 1/5/10  
170
 
46.47%
71.18%
 CA  
 San      Francisco  
 6/8/10  
241
 
46.06%
77.59%
 CA  
 San      Joaquin  
 2/16/10  
610
 
45.41%
68.20%
 AZ  
 Yavapai  
 1/16/09  
251
 
45.02%
72.51%
 OR  
 Marion  
 5/4/10  
167
 
44.91%
67.66%
 CA  
 Contra    Costa  
 4/6/10  
731
 
44.46%
69.36%
 PA  
 Montgomery  
 12/16/08  
296
 
42.91%
73.31%
 NC  
 Mecklenburg  
 10/27/09  
736
 
42.80%
75.95%
 CA  
 Riverside  
 5/11/10  
895
 
42.57%
64.13%
 CA  
 Sonoma  
 3/2/10  
470
 
42.55%
72.55%
 TX  
 Collin  
 1/21/09  
450
 
41.56%
73.78%
 TX  
 Tarrant  
 8/18/09  
526
 
41.25%
66.16%
 CA  
 Alameda  
 4/20/10  
625
 
40.48%
67.20%
 NC  
 Durham  
 2/10/09  
210
 
40.48%
64.29%
 
*List is filtered for jurisdictions with statistically significant data set (i.e. sites with too few numbers to draw meaningful conclusion omitted). Full list is available at http://ndlon.org/pdf/scommfeb/