- Mark Searcy
In last week's issue I wrote about a program called Secure Communities that automatically links up fingerprints taken during criminal booking to a national immigration database.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to implement the program across the nation by 2011. They're continuing at a rapid clip, and today announced that the entire state of Florida is now hooked up to the fingerprint database.
The program started in counties along the Mexican border, and has been deployed in areas where ICE thinks there are the most illegal immigrants. Here's a map of the rollout progress:
Black was deployed in fiscal year 2009, Green will be deployed this fiscal year, and gray will be next year. Note that ALL of Florida is now active.