Mayor Thomas Menino, who often invokes his heritage as the grandson of an Italian immigrant, was one of the first local leaders in the country to embrace a federal program intended to improve community safety by deporting dangerous immigrant criminals.

Governor Quinn heard the call of community leaders and pulled Illinois out of Secure Communities. DHS, however, has just taken action against the people and elected leaders of Illinois, attempting to force the state (and all states) to participate, whether they want to or not.

Governor Cuomo heard the call of community leaders and pulled New York out of Secure Communities. DHS, however, has just taken action against the people and elected leaders of New York, attempting to force the state (and all states) to participate, whether they want to or not.

Federal immigration officials announced Friday that they will be ramming the Secure Communities program down the throats of all states and cities nationwide by 2013.

Draconian. Rogue. Dangerous. Flawed. These are just some of the words used to describe the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program, which, if it hasn’t already, will soon be coming to a community near you.

Tuesday night, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Secure Communities held a pilot meeting at the Dallas County Community College’s Bill J. Priest Campus to discuss ICE’s controversial fingerprint screening program intended to snare dangerous undocumented immigrants.

Last week, Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) created a firestorm when the agency unilaterally ended all of its Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) related to the Secure Communities (S-Comm) program. ICE announced that the program will be mandatory, and it has caused an intense backlash among immigration advocates.

These are just some of the words used to describe the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program, which, if it hasn’t already, will soon be coming to a community near you.

Adding insult to injury, the Homeland Security Department has turned its back on state and local governments by deciding to unilaterally implement the discredited Secure Communities deportation program. The decision to impose the Obama administration’s signature enforcement program was announced last Friday.

Immigration advocates and civil liberties groups are gearing up for a new battle after the feds said cops across America must send fingerprints of everyone they book.Washington’s decree last week squashed Gov. Cuomo’s decision to back out of the Secure Communities program.