The report also cited other problems that the program allegedly causes in immigrant communities.
Secure Communities in Miami-Dade County also has a disproportionately negative impact on Mexicans and Central Americans who constitute a relatively low percentage of the local population but a high percentage of those whom Secure Communities detained and removed, the report states.
The report also quoted several immigrants detained under the Secure Communities program.
In one example, a man identified as Chel, a Mexican of Mayan descent, described how he became subject to deportation proceedings after police arrested him for a traffic infraction.
Detained by ICE
In late September 2011, Chel and one of his employees were driving in his van along the I-95 corridor to a job site when he was pulled over by a Miami-Dade police officer, the report states. In the best English he could muster, Chel asked why he had been stopped. The police officer ignored his question and instead asked Chel and his employee to get out of the car and demanded to be told who else was hiding in the van.
The officer opened the back doors of the van but found no one else. Chel handed over his expired New Mexico drivers license. Chels employee could not produce any identification. Soon, both men were taken to jail.
After spending two days and nights in jail, Chel and his employee were handed over to ICE officials and driven to the Broward Transitional Center, an immigration detention facility, the report states. After being detained there for two weeks Chel learned that he had been arrested for driving with an expired drivers license and that his fingerprints had been run through ICEs database to determine whether or not he was in the country legally.
To prepare the report, FIUs Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy analyzed 12 months of arrest records, and the detentions and subsequent dispositions of 1,790 individuals held in Miami-Dade County Corrections jails for Secure Communities. The research institute also interviewed Miami-Dade residents affected by Secure Communities and officials of Miami and Miami-Dade County.