Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers have taken two actions that run counter to a wave of pro-immigation enforcement measures approved or under consideration in Arizona and other states, says the Chicago Tribune. Quinn declared the state’s formal withdrawal from Secure Communities, a federal deportation program that targets hardened criminals but has also been used against illegal immigrants arrested for misdemeanor crimes.
Nearly a third of all illegal immigrants deported out of Illinois under the program have never been convicted of any crime, Quinn said. Illinois’ participation in the program had been suspended by Quinn. After reviewing it, he governor “determined that [the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s] ongoing implementation of Secure Communities is flawed.”