Colorado counties can't afford scanners to make homeland security program work

More than half of Colorado's 64 counties don't have the digital electronic scanners they need to participate in the Secure Communities program under an agreement between the state and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and some some cash-poor counties don't know where they'll get the $40,000 to $50,000 to buy them, Nancy Lofholm reports in the Denver Post.

Under the program, ICE will report to states how many illegal immigrants are detained and deported and whether they fall into the class of serious criminals, according to the Post story.

Meanwhile, the state came up with $325,000 in federal grant funding to help eight of the poorest counties acquire the equipment by 2013, when the entire country is expected to be covered by Secure Communities, according to the report.

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