14 From R.I. Deported Under Immigration Program

IMMIGRATION – SECURE COMMUNITIES program.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Lawful permanent residents (LPR or green card) arrested by ICE and flagged for removal (deportation) because of a prior Rhode Island conviction should consult with a qualified criminal defense lawyer familiar with post-conviction relief in order to determine if grounds exist to vacate the prior conviction.

By LAURA CRIMALDI – Associated Press

“PROVIDENCE — More than 60 percent of the illegal immigrants living in Rhode Island who have been deported after being flagged by a controversial immigration program did not have criminal records, recent federal figures show.

The Secure Communities program data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the first glimpse of how the fingerprint-sharing system is working in Rhode Island, where officials in the capital city of Providence had sought not to participate.

Since the program began on March 22, 14 people who were arrested by local police have been deported, figures show. The data spans the time period from March 22 to June 30. Under the program, fingerprints of detainees arrested locally are shared with federal immigration authorities.

ICE classifies nine deportees as “non-criminal immigration violators” because they were arrested for a minor offense, did not have a criminal record and broke a federal immigration law. Two deportees had violent criminal histories and three deportees had misdemeanor convictions, figures show.”

The entire article can be found here:

Providence Journal: 14 From Rhode Island Deported Under Immigration Program