COLUMBIA — Reports from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show more than 1,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records have been deported from South Carolina.
The State newspaper reported Friday that agency reports show nearly 3,800 illegal immigrants have been identified through the Secure Communities program. Just over 1,000 of them have been deported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s program is designed to catch and deport illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes or are suspects in major crimes.
Critics say the program leads to distrust between immigrants and police.
The program is a data-sharing effort. All people booked into jails are fingerprinted, and the prints are checked in the state’s database and then are sent to the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.