From the Response:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency’s Spin Cannot Obscure the Truth
Rights Groups’ Advocacy Leads to Critical ICE Admissions and Breakthroughs Related to the Flawed Program
In a document dated August 17, 2010, ICE purports to “set the record straight” on the Secure Communities (S-Comm) program. But ICE’s spin cannot alter the reality and, in fact, this new document contains critical admissions and breakthroughs prompted by community advocacy and federal litigation.
ICE has finally admitted that the majority of persons targeted and deported through S-Comm will never be dangerous criminals.
ICE has finally announced a procedure for local jurisdictions to request to opt-out of the problematic S-Comm program.
Click here to read the full PDF.
Download the fact sheet briefing guide on the documents newly released by ICE.
Click here to download the Toolkit (PDF).
One of the most troubling aspects of recent immigration enforcement is the degree to which state and local police have become partners with the Department of Homeland Security in the enforcement of federal immigration law. In the past few years, an explosion of programs such as 287(g), Secure Communities and the Criminal Alien Program has driven a staggering increase in detention and deportations in this country while creating serious civil rights concerns. The programs depend on pulling people into the criminal process where immigration status can be checked, even if an arrest was based on racial profiling or no crime was committed. Today, these partnerships are being systemized, formalized, and aggressively promoted by the Obama administration, DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The toolkit is designed to help advocates get started in responding to ICE enforcement programs in their communities: to research what programs are operating and how they work, ask questions of police and politicians, join forces with allies, and follow up with formal requests for information under federal and state law. We hope that this will be a useful resource as you strive to make your communities free from state-sponsored racial profiling and human rights abuses.
If you need more information about these programs, feel free to contact the organizations on this toolkit or check information developed for an in-depth Webinar on ICE-Police collaborations in the State and Local folder in the Immigration Advocates Network Library (free but requires registration). www.immigrationadvocates.org. Feel free to contact any of the organizations on this teach-in toolkit for more information. Also, if you need Word documents of any documents in the toolkit, we will email all Word documents that we have. This toolkit is part of the Uncover the
Truth campaign: www.uncoverthetruth.org convened by the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic.