DHS suspends expansion of Secure Communities in Alabama

Due to ongoing federal litigation against Alabama’s controversial tough new immigration laws, DHS has halted the expansion of the Secure Communities immigration program in the state. Speaking before the House Homeland Security Committee last week about DHS’ latest budget request, Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakersthat Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) already has three quarters of the state covered under the program, “but given the pendency of the litigation, we decided to just hold off on the remaining quarter.” The contentious Alabama immigration law passed last June includes several strict measures such as requiring schools to check the immigration status of students, prohibiting illegal immigrants from doing business with the state, and barring individuals and organizations from willingly aiding illegal immigrants. - Homeland Security News Wire 02.22.2012

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