The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) actively engages U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), other government partners, and immigrants’ rights and civil rights advocacy stakeholders about the Secure Communities program. Through the use of fingerprint-based biometric technology, Secure Communities checks fingerprint records taken by local law enforcement against FBI criminal history and DHS immigration records. ICE uses this information to determine if immigration enforcement action is warranted, prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens convicted of serious crimes. CRCL and ICE are working together extensively to further solidify civil rights monitoring and oversight of the program, including developing statistical analysis protocols, consistent training guidance for local law enforcement officers, and more transparent procedures for how complaints will be processed and investigated.
CRCL also recently held a listening session with many immigrants’ rights and civil liberties advocacy groups to discuss the Secure Communities program. The meeting provided a forum for CRCL Officer Margo Schlanger to hear concerns and suggestions on how to improve the program.
DHS is serious about responding to complaints or allegations as a result of Secure Communities. Individuals and organizations should report allegations of racial profiling, due process violations, or other potential violations of civil rights or civil liberties to CRCL.
By mail or phone:
The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
Toll Free TTY: 1-866-644-8361