Nearly 200 immigrants have been detained in Iowa in the past year under a federal enforcement program that the Obama administration is currently reviewing. Called Secure Communities, the three-year-old program was designed to expand an existing information-sharing program between local and federal law enforcement.
The federal government on Friday announced it was rescinding memorandums of agreement with 39 states that participate in the Secure Communities program. The decision, announced by DHS, does not end the controversial policy, though. Instead, it is meant to make clear that the initiative is a federal issue and that state agreements are not needed for its continuation or expansion.