Hidalgo County Jail fingerprinting system identifies illegal aliens, murder victims

With a swipe of the hand and push of a button the minute you are booked into the Hidalgo County Jail your prints go into a national database.

The "Secure Communities" system has been around since June of 2009.

In that time, the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office took in over 22,000 prints and federal were able to deport 3,800 of those people.

"Once a person is identified as a criminal alien and eligible for deportation---then ICE prioritizes by focusing on the most dangerous and violent criminals," said Sheriff Lupe Trevio.

Trevio said the program helps them to deport the ~worst of the worst TM criminal illegal immigrants but also identifies those who die trekking into the United States seeking the American Dream.

"If a body is not at an advanced stage of decomposition we are able to take those prints and submit it into the Secure Communities program so we can identify the body," said Trevio.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Sheriff Investigators were able to identify Abraham Rodriguez Correa after matching his fingerprints to those they had in their database.

"He had been deported four times before, said Trevino. So we were able to confirm that identity."

There are some people who oppose this program"saying it is racial profiling.

Trevio said every person that is booked into his jail is fingerprinted through the same system.

The Hidalgo County sheriff said they hope the program will be deployed nationwide by 2013.