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The much-maligned Secure Communities program has its positive virtues. A report was conducted by the country of Dallas in Texas as to the effectivity of the program in weeding out the illegal immigrants in the county.

According to the report, there were 167,882 individuals, upon their arrest, their fingerprints were run through the database between November 2008 and June 2011. The run yielded 12,627 individuals who were non-citizens under the FBI database. Of this number, 5,847 individuals were arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leading to 4,209 individuals being removed from the country.

Placed in a larger context, which is statewide, 1,375,832 individuals’ fingerprints were run through the Secure Communities database. Of these individuals arrested in the state of Texas, 93,632 individuals were found to be non-citizens. 47,932 individuals were arrested were ICE and eventually from this number, 29,240 were subsequently deported.

Overall, in the United States, there were 9,108,703 individuals arrested were run through the database. The procedure netted 597,527 individuals that were non-citizens and a further 277,825 individuals were found to be in the country illegally, thus arrested by the ICE. Ultimately, 120,684 were deported to their country of origin because of the Secure Communities program.