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The Source: New Policies On Immigration Could Reshape Dynamic

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

The United States' broken immigration system and how to deal with it continues to make headlines. The tragic death earlier this month of a San Francisco woman at the hands of a man in the country who had with a criminal past who had been in police custody but not held for the Department of Homeland Security for deportation.

The rise of communities in the country not complying with the federal government on immigration is high, with an estimated 5.6 million of the the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in areas not in full compliance with DHS and ICE. The number of so-called "sanctuary cities" is high for a variety of reasons, but many see it as due to a program called "Secure Communities."

Since DHS and ICE instituted "Secure Communities" a decade ago, the number of deportations rose steadily, peaking in 2011 at 190,000 interior deportations. Last year, the number was nearly half that at 102,000.

In July, a new program called the "Priority Enforcement Program" will change the way the country goes about finding and deporting immigrants.

Marc Rosenblum from the Migration Policy institute says it could remake how the communities and the federal government go about working together.


  • Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy at the Migration Policy Institute
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive