Hundreds more illegal immigrants will be deported from North Carolina this year, as five new counties begin working with federal immigration agents.
North Carolina already has a reputation for being among the nation's most aggressive states in rooting out illegal immigrants in its jails. Eight counties helped deport more than 3,100 inmates last year.
Now, Orange, Harnett, Duplin, New Hanover and Buncombe counties are jumping in, testing a new program that will eventually be nationwide. The program, called Secure Communities, provides jails with equipment that uses inmates' fingerprints to check immigration status and criminal records, then automatically alerts immigration officials to inmates who are in the country illegally.
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