North Carolina counties New Hanover, Duplin and Orange have joined the list of counties participating in the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security sponsored program called Secure Communities.
The program is aimed at identifying and deporting dangerous criminal aliens. The new system now sees arrested foreigners submitting to fingerprints that will be checked against the FBI’s criminal database as well as the biometric files maintained by Homeland Security.
If a match is detected with the DHS’ database, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement create a case and determine both the immigration status of the individual as well as the seriousness of the criminal’s background. If the criminal’s history contains events such as kidnapping, murder or rape, he may be processed for deportation.
Secure Communities has become a part of DHS’ plan to utilize technology, such as the US-VISIT program and the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, to help their efforts in keeping foreign criminals out of the United States.