Sound like a contradiction? It is not. All immigration . . . Even illegal immigration? Yes. How can one favor such things and still support the Secure Communities effort?
In defense of all immigration - even illegal immigration.
If one was to take an honest and in depth look at what people state as the real problem with illegal immigration, they would realize that the criticism is not based upon race or xenophobia. People who are seriously and reasonably against illegal immigration never differentiate or segment a particular population; they simply say that all illegal immigration must stop.
Their criticism does, although, extend to the position that such immigration takes jobs from Americans who want and need them. Whether or not this is true, the premise does not square with basic American principles. Is it not true that every American, and the companies they own, have the obvious and natural right to hire whomever they wish? These people and their property are private entities with the same natural rights to exist and interact voluntarily with others as any other entity in the world. Who is the government or anyone to say differently? As long as such associations are voluntary on both sides, no one has the right to prevent it.
The natural response to this is to ask, Well, what if someone was to hire a terrorist or a person with some deadly disease? The answer to this question is obvious; one of the few proper functions of all governments is to protect its citizens from threats foreign and domestic. A known threat must be mitigated to the full extent of the law, so such people rightfully should be prevented from entering into the US and a citizen who knowingly invites said persons should be scrutinized. Yet, it is simply a fact that this is not true in regard to a very large majority of people looking to enter into the US.
It is quite a contradiction that those who are against illegal immigration are the same people who claim to love liberty. The same liberty they recognize as the very foundation of our society.
This leaves one last argument used by the anti-illegal immigration crowd: The ability of those who enter the US illegally to live under the welfare state.
If one considers this point carefully, it is obvious this is an indictment of the welfare state, not a reason to allow the state to interfere with a voluntary association between two private parties. No person's needs are a justification to force others to help them, whether they are a citizen of this country or not.
Then what of Secure Communities?
As previously stated, it is the obligation of the state to protect the rights of all citizens. According to the ICE.gov website (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Secure Communities focuses its (ICE's) limited resources on those who have been arrested for breaking criminal laws. In other words, it is focused on non-citizens that have broken the law to the extent in which he or she is in jail.
Such a policy squares well with American principles, values, and supports the obvious and important responsibly of governments to protect the equal rights of its citizens. Every side of the immigration issue should wholeheartedly support this effort for its logic and applicability to a moral society.