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Federal program has arrested disproportionate number of Latinos, according to UC Berkeley report

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OCTOBER 19, 2011

A disproportionate number of Latinos have been arrested through the federal Secure Communities program, according to a report released Wednesday by the UC Berkeley School of Law.

The report focuses on the numbers produced by the program, which aims to identify undocumented immigrants without implementing new requirements on law enforcement. According to the report, Latinos make up 93 percent of the individuals arrested and identified for deportation through the program, though they are only 77 percent of the undocumented population nationally.

Asians, Europeans and Canadians combined to make up only 3 percent of the population identified for deportation through the program, according to the report.

The report sheds light on the issue of possible racial discrimination in arrests, particularly towards the Latino population. According to the report, only 52 percent of individuals arrested through the program are said to have had a hearing before an immigration judge.

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OCTOBER 19, 2011