By Lakka Benti, domestic policy intern
In 2008, the Bush administration started a program called Secure Communities by which the fingerprints of someone booked into a local jail were shared with federal immigration databases to determine if the person was an undocumented immigrant. Immigration authorities could then request a “detainer” or “hold” be placed on the person until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials could pick them up and put them into deportation proceedings.
The program was expanded under President Obama and led to the deportation of tens of thousands of immigrants. (In 2014, the Secure Communities program was discontinued, but detainer requests continue in a similar form under the Priority Enforcement Program).
Several cities, counties and states pushed back…