Secure Communities and 287(g)

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. � 35-6A-10, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is responsible for providing information on the following federal programs:

SECURE COMMUNITIES

Through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice, Secure Communities enhances fingerprint-based biometric technology used by local law enforcement agencies during their booking process. This enhanced technology enables fingerprints submitted during the booking process to be checked against FBI criminal history records and DHS records, including immigration status, providing valuable information to accurately identify those in custody. This process applies to all individuals arrested and booked into custody, not just those suspected of being foreign nationals. DHS is on track to expand this program to all law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide by 2013. Please visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website at http://www.ice.gov/secure_communities for more information on Secure Communities.

287(g) PROGRAM

The 287(g) program, one of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. Law enforcement agencies interested in finding out more about the 287(g) Program can send a request for additional information directly to ICEs regional office at http://www.ice.gov/exec/s287g/section287g_packet_request.asp.