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California lawmakers take aim at Secure Communities

California lawmakers will decide Tuesday whether to set strict limits on how local law enforcement agencies participate in a controversial federal immigration program, Secure Communities.

The Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools, or TRUST Act, is intended to settle an ongoing battle over how Secure Communities operates across the states. If the bill is approved Tuesday by the Senate Public Safety Committee, it will move on to the appropriations committee. Continue reading

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Federal Immigration Program Criticized

Migrant Justice held a rally in front of the Vermont campaign headquarters of President Barack Obama on Tuesday after the program was initiated in the state. Migrant Justice Organizer Brendan O’Neill says Secure Communities at one time was an optional program that Vermont is now being forced to participate in. Continue reading

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3.20.12 – Coming Out of the Shadows Dreamers Action, Phoenix, AZ

On Phoenix’s West Side, 75th Ave & Thomas Rd, in front of Trevor Brown High School, Dreamers staged a civil disobedience action, taking over the street for about 3 hours. 6 undocumented activists were arrested to make a statement about being Undocumented & Unafraid, refusing to live in fear of deportation and confronting the menacing MSCO Sheriff’s Department, specifically calling out Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the poster boy of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. Continue reading

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“OOPS”: DHS’ Secure Communities Arrests 3,600 U.S. Citizens

A recent report by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Society describes in great detail what DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano forgot to mention in her defense of her Secure Communities program at American University in early October. Secretary Napolitano forgot to tell us in her speech that 3,600 U.S. citizens were rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation.

In spite of the political rhetoric, DHS and ICE have done very little to make the Secure Communities program, regardless of its good intentions, transparent to the public. In fact, it took a lawsuit against DHS brought by immigrant rights groups, NDLON v. ICE., before DHS and ICE released these data to professional, independent researchers. Continue reading

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Immigration Official: ‘Draconian’ To Suspend Program Over Racial Profiling Investigation

Do you consider protecting against racial profiling to be “Draconian”? ICE’s John Morton apparently does: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said Thursday that the agency has no plans to suspend a controversial program that gives police authority to detect undocumented immigrants, even in jurisdictions under investigation for racial profiling. Continue reading

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AFL Calls for Suspension of S-Comm

The letter expresses serious concern with the Department of Justice findings of racial profiling of Latinos and other civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It also notes that the Justice Department findings demonstrate abuse can happen when Homeland Security is actively collaborating with enforcement agencies through the Secure Communities program as well as informally with local law enforcement agencies. Continue reading

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AFL-CIO, National Immigration Forum Urge Reform of Secure Communities Program

The AFL-CIO and the National Immigration Forum (NIF) sent a joint letter yesterday to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressing the urgent need to change the Secure Communities program.

The letter expresses serious concern with the Department of Justice findings of racial profiling of Latinos and other civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It also notes that the Justice Department findings demonstrate abuse can happen when Homeland Security is actively collaborating with enforcement agencies through the Secure Communities program as well as informally with local law enforcement agencies. Continue reading

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ICE’s Numbers: Fast and Loose

Much fanfare is being made of ICE’s recent fiscal year report of record high deportations. By the numbers, the administration continues to try to play the middle; deporting more people than ever before but claiming to do in a way … Continue reading

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S-Comm Silences Domestic Violence Victims

For years, Yan endured brutal beatings and repeated rapes at the hands of her husband. An undocumented immigrant from Asia, she never called the police out of fear that she would be deported and forever separated from their child, who was born in the United States.

Undocumented immigrant victims of domestic violence are conditioned by their abusers to fear the police. With the enormous progress that the domestic violence movement has made in empowering victims to seek help such threats should be empty. However, Secure Communities – a controversial immigration enforcement program that allows federal authorities to screen fingerprints of those arrested by local police to identify undocumented immigrants — lends credibility to abusers’ threats by making deportation a very real possibility. Continue reading

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Report: Secure Communities Encourages Racial Profiling, Lack of Due Process

In “Secure Communities by the Numbers: An Analysis of Demographics and Due Process,” authors Aarti Kohli, Peter Markowitz and Lisa Chavez found that the program has expanded so fast that due process is being overlooked, legal access is non-existent for many, Latinos are being disproportionately detained and, perhaps most damning, thousands of U.S. citizens have been picked up. The Warren Institute found that 1.6 percent of the cases they examined — the court ordered DHS to turn over a sampling of 1,650 cases — were filed against citizens. Extrapolated, that translated into 3,600 U.S. citizens being arrested through Secure Communities. Continue reading

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