The United State Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is compelling Illinois to share information about illegal immigrants who are involved in criminal investigations. Fred Tsao, Policy Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, says the federal agency changed the policy from an agreement to a demand.
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Tsao adds the program deters immigrants from reporting serious crimes within their communities.
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The Quinn administration pulled out of the "Secure Communities" program earlier this year because immigrants charged with only minor crimes, or no crimes at all, were being deported. The agreement was that only those charged with felonies would be sent back to their home countries. The Governor's office released a statement saying they're disappointed in ICE's decision.