In Colorado, debate over program to check immigration history of the arrested

DENVER — In September 2008, a Guatemalan immigrant named Francis Hernandez sped his S.U.V. through a busy Aurora intersection and plowed into a pickup truck, knocking it into an ice cream parlor.

Three people were killed, including a 3-year-old boy.

Mr. Hernandez, as it turned out, was in the country illegally and been arrested more than a dozen times over the years, but had managed to elude deportation.

A task force recommended that Colorado institute a federal background check program called Secure Communities, which helps the authorities check an arrested person’s immigration history through a government database, for possible deportation.

Now, as Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. weighs whether to use Secure Communities, already in effect in 480 jurisdictions in 27 states, immigrant rights groups have been privately pushing him to reject the program. Critics say it promotes racial profiling by the local police and would undermine trust between immigrants and law enforcement, in a state that has particularly strict immigration laws.

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  • Joe Smith

    Illegal is not illegal!

    Let all the world be an American citizen!

    Come one, come all! Come for free health care —– Americans don’t get it – but anyone not a citizen DOES!

    Bring your families, illegals!

    Come, criminals! We are the bomb for drug cartel headquarters! No problem! We won’t ask if you are illegal! We don’t care! Illegal is not illegal! You can slap around our policemen…shoot at them…shoot them…we don’t care!

    We, the U. S. federal government, will proclaim your rights more deserving as a “citizen of the world.” We feds will protect you in our courts, give you excellent accomodations in jail and out of jail, provide your housing, your food, your medical, your energy!

    We will give you programs that will enable you to prosper! You will be exempt from all laws in our country!

    Come one, come all! Come to America!

    Vente! Vaya con Obama! Pinche cabron!