Fights Over "Secure Communities"

Fights Over "Secure Communities"

We explore the latest developments with a program that requires local law enforcement agencies to share information with federal authorities.

Local police have shared information with federal officials for decades. Over the last two years the "Secure Communities" program has been rolled out in fits and starts, with states being given the option of sharing information with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or not. But last week, the federal government called off all local agreements about the program -- effectively requiring full participation from all parties. We'll explore what this means for localities and why the program continues to cause controversy around the country.

Guests

Brian Bennett

Washington bureau reporter, Los Angeles Times

Sunita Patel

Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

David Martin

Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia; Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (2009-2011)

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