The Department of Homeland Security's new immigrant deportation program, a replacement for the controversial Secure Communities initiative, is meeting with resistance, reports the Washington Post. Pro-immigrant groups are blasting the new Priority Enforcement Program, which began July 2. Under the program, DHS will still coordinate with police to deport illegal immigrants but will mostly seek to be notified before they are released from custody, rather than having immigrants held beyond their scheduled release.
While DHS says more than 30 of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies have indicated a willingness to work with the agency on the new program, few have publicly said they will participate. The city of Los Angeles says its police department, the nation's third largest, will not. Other jurisdictions — such as Philadelphia, with the fourth-largest police force — are wrestling with the issue at a time of changing demographics. In Fulton County, Ga., officials are discussing the issue with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the DHS agency enforcing the program.