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Posted at 5:40 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Wolf demands report on ICE database

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requesting a prompt report on an apparent shortcoming in the agency's electronic databases, namely the fingerprints of many people deported from this country before 2005.

A report in Thursday's Washington Post detailed the case of Salvador Portillo-Saravia, who was deported to El Salvador in 2003, but returned to Northern Virginia at some point later. In November of last year, he was arrested and taken to the Loudoun County jail, which participates in the federal Secure Communities program. Secure Communities electronically checks the fingerprints of all arrestees against the databases of both the FBI and ICE, and is used by every jail in Virginia, as well as in Prince George's County and some other counties in Maryland.

But when Portillo-Saravia was checked through Secure Communities, Loudoun and ICE officials said, no match was found. He was released. About a month later, he allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl in Centreville, Fairfax County police said, and he remains at large. ICE officials said that before 2005, many deportees were not fingerprinted electronically and so are not in their database.

Wolf, whose district includes Loudoun, sent a letter to John Morton, the assistant secretary of Homeland Security who oversees ICE. "ICE should immediately remind all law enforcement partners," Wolf wrote, "about the current limitations of the Secure Communities database on illegal aliens detained before 2005."

In addition, Wolf asked Morton to "promptly provide a report to the Congress on how the program could be improved and expanded to address pre-2005 detentions. I believe that the program is an important resource for our state and local law enforcement and that ICE should continue to improve the information available to localities."

By Tom Jackman  | January 27, 2011; 5:40 PM ET
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Comments

"the program could be improved and expanded" Hum...sounds like Mr. Wolf is advocating for government to extend its reach...doesn't he oppose that? Oh, wait, big government is ok when it is doing the bidding of the conservative movement.

Posted by: boomerbaby54 | January 28, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Good job- at least this is a conservative who is upholding the law! What part of ILLEGAL do we not understand?!

Posted by: 10bestfan | January 28, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse


A true Conservative knows that there are certain areas of government -- some of the most basic functions of government -- where the reach must be vast and absolute.

Defending the citizens from CRIMINAL INVADERS is the very core of all legitimate government.

Posted by: thardman | January 28, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"there are certain areas of government -- some of the most basic functions of government -- where the reach must be vast and absolute."
- spoken like a true fascist thug.

Posted by: simple_desires | January 28, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"there are certain areas of government -- some of the most basic functions of government -- where the reach must be vast and absolute."
- spoken like a true fascist thug.

Posted by: simple_desires | January 28, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"there are certain areas of government -- some of the most basic functions of government -- where the reach must be vast and absolute."
- spoken like a true fascist thug.

Posted by: simple_desires | January 28, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"there are certain areas of government -- some of the most basic functions of government -- where the reach must be vast and absolute."
- spoken like a true fascist thug.

Posted by: simple_desires | January 28, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Perhaps you'd also prefer that all police be fired and locks on bank vaults should be banned.

Commie.

Posted by: thardman | January 28, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

somple_desires, we have a desire, to read your posts only ONE time, not four or five. PLEASE STOP HITTING THAT SUBMIT BUTTON AND BE A BIT PATENT

Posted by: citigreg | January 28, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with that as long as the napoleon ice cream bar is in charge of homeland security.
She doesn't even remember whether she used toilet paper in the morning.

Posted by: JimW2 | January 28, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If a government cannot or will not protect its own borders then the well-being of its citizens is at risk. This is the situation in the U.S. today. There are too many illegal aliens -- including those who have overstayed visas -- who should be deported, the sooner the better. It's sickening that Americans continue to be victimized by socialist thugs that believe Americans should support them while they pillage.

Posted by: woof3 | January 28, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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