A Baltimore Sun article states that the Catholic Church has concerns surrounding the Secure Communities program, a program that casts a wide dragnet to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.
The Catholic Church says that “the concern of the welfare of migrants stems from its belief that immigration is ultimately a humanitarian issue because it impacts the basic human rights and dignity of the human person. The Church believes this dignity is undermined by this program’s alleged channeling of immigrants into the criminal justice system through racial profiling and pre-textual arrests for the purpose of vetting them for their immigration status. Because Secure Communities is operated at the point of arrest, rather than post-conviction, it casts a wide net over virtually any immigrant who has come into contact with the criminal justice system. ”
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