February 13, 2012
All 87 counties in Minnesota finally began participating last week in the federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities. Minnesota is the 27th state to fully join the mandatory electronic data-gathering program used by the Department of Homeland Security to check the backgrounds of those booked into county jails.
More than 110,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes – including more than 39,000 convicted of aggravated felonies – were deported through the program, which began in 2008.
All 50 states are expected to fully participate by 2012 despite the outcry by amnesty advocates and sanctuary states that claim the program wrongly targets illegal immigrants who have no felony records or criminal history aside from the obvious criminal history of illegally crossing the border.