Almost all South Carolina residents have a cell phone. However, now Immigration customs enforcement agents are utilizing technology that is the same size of a modern day cell phone to find illegal immigrants and send them for deportation.
Immigration deportations are at an all-time high. In 2012, Under the Obama administration, deportation removals nearly reached 410,000. These removals are in part, to the advanced technology that ICE officials are utilizing. One man was faced with an immigration checkpoint before entering his residence. Police and federal agents are targeting neighbors and communities that are known to have a high concentration of illegal immigrants.
The man was faced with a small device where his fingerprints were taken. Instantly, his fingerprints would be checked against various biometric databases to see if the was in the United States illegally. The man had been previously deported, so his fingerprints revealed his deportable status. The problem with this technology is that many individuals who are legal residents are still being stopped and forced to partake in these search procedures. Additionally, individuals with no criminal records and with deep ties and connections to the United States are also being deported as a result of this technology.
It is no secret that immigration is a controversial issue in the United States. Some individuals may fall on the side of seeking immigration reform and feel that the current state of the law is too restrictive. Others may feel it is too lax and be in support of this type of technology. Whatever side of the fence one comes down on, it is important that individuals understand immigration as it is today and to be aware that this type of technology does exist and can be utilized to send an illegal alien for deportation, despite their criminal status.
Individuals who are facing immigration deportation proceedings do have rights. While technology such as this is legal and valid, there are other factors that can be introduced to assist one who is facing deportation.
Source: NBC News, "Does High-Tech Dragnet to Deport Immigrants Go Too Far?" February 28, 2014