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Re: “Millions of research dollars at stake as Price, Lawson compete for Congress

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Posted by amistad on 10/13/2010 at 11:30 AM

Re: “What rights do undocumented immigrants have when they become crime victims?

This story is very sad. I'm glad the authorities did the right thing by going after this guy. And it is awful that crime victims fear the police. Unfortunately, I have to say that the Indy is perpetuating this fear. Both the 287(g) program and Secure Communities under the Obama Administration's DHS do not allow people to be checked without being booked for a crime. Admittedly, the 287(g) program, b/c it deputizes local officers, can be abused (and if people know of abuses, they should contact DHS's civil rights office), but the written agreements with law enforcement on Secure Communities certainly do not allow someone to be checked just because they are in contact with police (as in the case of a victim). They would have to be booked for a crime. This article does a disservice to public safety by perpetuating unfounded fear in the immigrant community that prevents them from reaching out to police.

Posted by amistad on 09/29/2010 at 9:56 AM

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