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Boughton Favors Starting 'Secure Communities' Program

Danbury joined the federal immigration enforcement program in 2009.

Many big city mayors in Connecticut have concerns about the Secure Communities program, but not Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury, which has had .

An article in the Connecticut Post quoted Boughton as saying the full implementation of the federal program would be business as usual in Danbury. joined Secure Communities on a pilot program basis since 2009.

Secure Communities shares local arrest information with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and allows ICE agents to ask local authorities to detain a suspected undocumented alien for 48 hours without charges.

Implementation of the program was delayed in September at Gov. Dannel Malloy’s request. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano is opposed to Secure Cities, but Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch felt the same as Boughton, according to the Connecticut Post article.

Jennifer February 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
It is abhorrent that ANY human be detained without charges.
Jennifer February 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
PS I have heard that many illegals who commit traffic violations are not even ticketed or punished because the hassle and money involved for no result is not worth it. This is government attempting to detain anyone they choose without cause. Throw our constitution out the window, we're not really free.
Jennifer February 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
"...detain a suspected undocumented alien for 48 hours without charges." quoted from the article.
Jennifer February 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Thank you kindly for the depth of information provided. In this material it is stated "Only federal officers make immigration decisions, and they do so only after an individual is arrested for a criminal violation of state law, separate and apart from any violations of immigration law." but in the first article it states "held without charges" -- Knowing what has been going on in congress, I think we are leaning toward being held without charges. I'm all for cleaning up the USA of illegal activity, but my rights should not be threatened. Thank you again for the plethora of information!

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