Five Texas county sheriff’s offices have been added to the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) run Secure Communities program. The Secure Communities program is setup to help counties find and report illegal aliens whom are incarcerated or have committed crimes by utilizing biometric data the ICE had stored.
Matches are reported to ICE and their officials weigh out each case. If the offender is determined to present enough of a risk to public safety, they may be deported and handed over to law enforcement personnel from their home country. The new counties involved are Bexar, Willacy, Dimmitt, Webb, and Zapata counties.