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Opponents Protest Secure Communities Immigration Enforcement Program

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Demonstrators gathered outside ICE in Aurora to protest the Secure Communities Program. (credit: CBS)

Demonstrators gathered outside ICE in Aurora to protest the Secure Communities Program. (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)- All counties in Colorado joined the Secure Communities Immigration Enforcement Program. Opponents believe it’s an attack on immigrants.

Secure Communities requires police to send names and fingerprints of everyone arrested for any crime to ICE.

Protesters rallied outside the Immigration and Customs Office in Aurora on Friday.

“Our communities are not becoming more secure. They’re becoming more insecure. Our communities are afraid. They don’t want to report crimes. They don’t want to drive. They don’t want to be out in the community. And that’s not something that’s helping us as a community,” said protester Lizeth Chacon.

Former Governor Bill Ritter opted Colorado into Secure Communities two years ago. Since then, ICE has made the program mandatory.

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