MIAMI ( – Immigrants across the country, and in South Florida, are joining forces in protest of a decision by the Obama administration to require local law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals they arrest and book into jail.

The program, called Secure Communities, was voluntary until the Obama administration decided to make it mandatory in recent weeks.

Protesters planned to rally Tuesday afternoon outside of the Miami-Dade County Democratic headquarters in Miami Beach.

For its part, the Obama administration called the move common sense. Immigrant advocates say the program will make people more afraid to cooperate with authorities because they would fear they could be deported.

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Comments (6)
  1. David Ramsey says:

    For once I agree with Obama!

  2. Tacnacs Ilcd says:

    its about time that the local police finally have a say so. this should have been done a long time agao and then maybe we would not have the over population of illegals that it is today.

  3. Marcus says:

    People who have broken the law are going to protest about someone checking to see if they have broken any other laws!


    1. Marìa M says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

  4. Me says:

    The people protesting probably horde dozens of illegal friends and relatives in their homes. I actually agree with Obama! Maybe Miami will one day become part of the United States again and not North Cuba.

    1. WAKEUP says:

      “Poor,Me”..What Cubans,have to do with Illegals????

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