Advocates, organizations, individuals and the federal government all knew it was a sham from jump. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created a task force that went around the country hearing testimony and protests regarding the Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation program. That task force issued a report last September saying that S-Comm threatened police community relations and therefore needed to be reformed, suspended or terminated. Last week, in what should come as a surprise to no one, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced one tiny tweak to the program. ICE says it will no longer put people in deportation proceedings arrested solely on a minor traffic violation as long as that person has no prior criminal history. Deportation will happen after a conviction.
Many organizations have released statements expressing outrage that ICE ignored the recommendations of it’s own task force, but really this should come as a surprise to no one. Ever since the program’s expansion under President Obama, it has been a driving force behind the over a million deportations that have taken place under his administration. The program has been highlighted as proof of Obama’s tough boots on the ground policy that contradicts numerous promises and press releases indicating discretion.