MORE OKLAHOMA COUNTIES USING FEDERAL FINGERPRINT PROGRAM
Over a dozenOklahomajails have started using fingerprints to check immigration status adding to the number of jails trying to cut costs of detaining and housing illegal immigrants eligible for deportation. Forty-eight jurisdictions in the state now send fingerprint information to be compared against the federal immigration databases as part of the Secure Communities program. Since 2009, more than 80,000 fingerprints from Oklahoma have been submitted resulting in 781 deportations. Of those deported, nearly 40 percent were for noncriminal offenses with nearly 60% convicted for crimes ranging from felonies to misdemeanors.