Some time ago I setup an internet news scanner. Several channels were configured to follow various topics. One of the channels I setup was for stories concerning immigration and hte Pacific NW. Some stories of general interest to us turn up from time to time.
You can see/subscribe to it here: here.
Secure Communities is simply the first of a number of biometric interoperability systems being brought on line by the . . . Next Generation Identification (NGI) initiative.”
A story from the July 3, 2011 Seattle Times about a new improved crackdown. Its about Washington State, but the story addresses issues we've been interested in.
Secure Communities has come under fire from immigrant-rights groups, which worry that the program will cost counties money, lead to racial profiling and disrupt immigrant community trust in law enforcement. Some fear the potential of deportation could hinder reports of domestic violence and other crimes.
The Coastal Progressives’ Immigration Information Response Team hosted a panel of local public officials to discuss the status of immigrants’ rights in our county. The forum took place on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Invitations to participate in the panel were accepted by County Commissioner Bill Hall, County District Attorney Rob Bovett, County Sheriff Dennis Dotson, Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda, and Defense Attorney Richard Scholl.