Category Archives: Government Documents

Government documents that have been uncovered.

Letter to New York Gov. Cuomo from Reps. Serrano and Velazquez

Dear Governor Cuomo,

We are writing to urge you to rescind New York’s Memorandum of Agreement and withdraw from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Secure Communities program. Our concern with New York’s ongoing involvement in the Secure Communities program comes from the damage that it is causing in our city and communities. New York City and New York State have a proud history as a welcoming place for people from all over the world to live; voluntarily participating in ICE’s Secure Communities program tarnishes that heritage.

Read the full letter (PDF) by clicking here.

Letter from New York Congress Members to Gov. Cuomo

“Dear Governor Cuomo:

Given New York’s immigrant heritage and our leadership role in the nation, we firmly believe that our State, too, must immediately end this destructive program. Many of us have joined dozens of organizations in New York over the past year in raising a wide range of concerns about S-Comm and calling for an end to our State’s participation in the program. It is critical that New York now join Illinois to show that stopping S-Comm is both necessary and doable.”

Read the full letter by clicking here. (PDF)


ICE Releases Toolkit for Prosecutors

Recently released from ICE, passed on by the National Immigrant Justice Center:

Download Toolkit for Prosecutors (PDF)

Press Release About Toolkit (PDF)

“ICE is pleased to announce the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) roll out of the new “Prosecutor Tool Kit”, a resource aimed at making it easier for prosecutors to navigate through immigration issues when dealing with criminal cases.

The creation of the Prosecutor Tool Kit represents the first time that ICE has provided a single-source document for the justice community providing in-depth details regarding the prosecutorial process, procedures, and practices.

ICE created the Prosecutor Tool Kit because the agency recognizes that situations arise wherein our federal and state prosecutor partners may benefit from having a foreign national remain in the United States for a period of time to assist with an ongoing investigation. Additionally, ICE understands that there may be situations when a prosecutor requires the presence of an alien witness or victim and that individual currently resides outside of the United States.

The following are Prosecutor Tool Kit highlights:

· Accessibility: The Tool Kit will be posted to ICE’s website ( in a prominent location available for downloading.

· Ease of Use: The Tool Kit offers a clear outline of topics allowing users to key word search or link directly to a topic.”

· Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs were developed to create an outline of the tool kit; forming a topical and sensible approach to prosecutor questions.

· ICE Contact Information: For each topic, the tool kit provides the contact reference or office for further inquiries.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Letter to President Obama

“Dear President Obama:

On behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, we write to request that you freeze the Secure Communities Program (“S-Comm”), effective immediately. We appreciate and steadfastly support your efforts to reform broken immigration laws and to strengthen national security and public safety. Unfortunately, neither of these goals are served or advanced by the S-Comm policy in its current form. To the contrary, evidence reveals not only a striking dissonance between the program’s stated purpose of removing dangerous criminals and its actual effect; it also suggests that S-Comm may endanger the public, particularly among communities of color.”

Read the entire letter (PDF) by clicking here.