Immigration offenses make Latinos majority in federal prison


Immigration offenses are making Latinos the new majority in federal prisons, according to a government report analyzed by The Associated Press.

For the first time, Latinos make up more than half of all federal felony offenders sentenced so far this fiscal year, according to a report released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Immigration violations – including illegal crossings and other crimes such as human smuggling – account for most of the increase in the number of Latinos sentenced to prison over the past 10 years, according to the commission’s data.

The rise may be because of the unprecedented number of deportations under the Obama administration after the launch of a controversial program called Secure Communities. The program checks the fingerprints of every person booked by local law enforcement agencies against Department of Homeland Security databases for immigration violations.

Launched in March of last year in Orange County, the program is intended to identify and deport people who are in the country illegally and suspected of or convicted of serious crimes. However, the program has come under fire lately by immigration activists and some law enforcement officials, who say the vast majority of people targeted under the program were arrested for offenses as minor as selling street food without a permit. Advocates also say that in practice, the program targets anyone booked into police custody, including crime victims and non-criminals, for transfer to immigration authorities.

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    Hola mi nombre es Ivelisse ando buscando la mas Fuertes de las ayudas para que me puedan aconsejar y ayudar a sacar a mi marido de la carcel de Immigracion. El y yo yevamos 9 anos de estar juntos. no, nos emos casado. yo tengo 4 hijoas al cual yaman daddy al padre de mi baby girl de 5 meses de nacida. El es mejicano y yo soy puertorriquena. por favor ayudenmen, ayudenlon, ayudanos. tanto mis hijoas, su familia y yo lo nesesitamos. se que cometio ase 7 anos algo malo, vendio droga, la cual pago 2anos y medio por eso que cometio. El es un buen padre, un buen hijo y un buen marido. El tiene la green card. El Estudio Elementar, Middle School y High School aki en Lebanon PA. Ahora Inmigracion lo tiene en York PA. Por favor diganlen al juez Walker Dialing que se apiade de todos nosotros. que nos de esa oportunidad que tanto el como nosotros nesesitamos. Por favor estamos desesperados. Ayudemnos, que puedo o que podemos aser. El juez lo quiere deportar por el caso del 2006. No es justo …

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