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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Calls for Moratorium on S-Comm

05.06.2011– Washington, DC. – Following a chorus of growing criticism over the President’s Secure Communities (S-Comm) policy, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus delivered a letter to the White House calling on the Administration to place a moratorium on the program that “is not living up to its name,” according to the Caucus.

Click here to read the Letter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (PDF)

Secure Communities (SCOMM) was initially described as a program to identify and deport immigrants found guilty of serious crimes. The program enlists local police into federal immigration enforcement by screening all fingerprints of those booked in local jails through the federal ICE database. Data revealed through a federal lawsuit filed by civil rights groups shows the program fails to live up to its stated intention, as the program deports large groups of people without any convictions or convicted of only minor offenses. According to the CHC letter, “Evidence reveals not only a striking dissonance between the program’s stated purpose of removing dangerous criminals and it’s actual effect; it also suggests that S-Comm may endager the public, particularly among communities of color…”

Lawmakers in Congress and in states throughout the country say ICE officials lied about program details and requirements at its early stages. Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California has described the implementation of the program as “dissembling and deceiving” and has called for an Inspector General (IG) investigation with the support of Senator Menendez. The call is reminiscent of another IG report on SCOMM’s predecessor, the 287(g) program made famous by Joe Arpaio in Arizona, which showed a program riddled with flaws that was too broken to be fixed.

On May 4th, the Governor of Illinois terminated his state’s participation in the program. In California, Assemblyman Ammiano introduced the TRUST Act to reform and regulate the program. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, large scale rallies have taken place in opposition to the program.

Thus the Caucus states, “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…

We are not convinced the program is achieving its stated goals, and we see nothing in the management and oversight of S-Comm that convinces us that these risks have been adequately addressed in the latest incarnation of local police immigration enforcement…

For these reasons, we request an immediate freeze of S-Comm pending a thorough review.”

New Numbers Demonstrate Persisting Problems with ICE’s Secure Communities Program (PR)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668

New Numbers Demonstrate Persisting Problems with ICE’s Secure Communities Program
Large Numbers of Deportees with No Criminal Convictions in a Range of Localities Raise Troubling Questions Say Advocates

3.28.2011 A new analysis of the latest data reported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the controversial Secure Communities program demonstrates persisting problems with ICE’s claim that the program’s focus is on high-level dangerous criminals.

The agency began issuing quarterly reports as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Those advocates released a new analysis today of the latest data that contradicts the agency’s claim that the program pursues those convicted of dangerous crimes and prevents opportunities for racial profiling on the part of local law enforcement.

“Nationally, 1 in 4 people deported under S-Comm haven’t been convicted of any crime. That ratio jumps to over 50% in Boston, certain areas of California, and in multiple examples across the country.” Explained Bridget Kessler of Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.  “Those numbers raise questions about how S-Comm may allow local police to cover up profiling and circumvent due process.”

When questioned during a recent House Appropriations Committee Hearing on March 11th, Director of ICE John Morton admitted, “we do in fact remove non-criminals through Secure Communities.”

Sarahi Uribe of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network added, “The most recent numbers demonstrate that Secure Communities makes us less safe. The Obama administration pushed an aggressive deportation dragnet onto counties with no oversight and no protections for the innocent people who would be affected.”

Sunita Patel, attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, concluded, “Secure Communities walls off victims of domestic violence and other crimes from accessing police protection in their time of need. It’s time to end the program in order to restore real safety in our neighborhoods.”

Statistical Documents Below:

ICE Secure Communities IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability Monthly Statistics through February 28, 2011

Top 38 Counties with Highest Level of Non-Criminal Removals

Nationwide Secure Communities Removals by State and County

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit www.ccrjustice.org

The mission of the National Day Laborer Organization Network is to improve the lives of day laborers in the U.S. by unifying and strengthening its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. Visit www.ndlon.org

The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was founded in 2008 to provide quality pro bono legal representation to indigent immigrants facing deportation. Under the supervision of experienced practitioners, law students in the Clinic represent individuals facing deportation and community-based organizations in public advocacy, media and litigation projects. Visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/immigrationjustice

Top 38 Jurisdictions with Highest Level of Non-Criminal Deportations
State
County
Activation Date
Total REMOVALS
% of Non-Criminal in Total
% of non-crim & level 3 removals in Total
LA
Jefferson Parish
11/17/09
325
72.00%
89.54%
MD
Prince George’s
12/22/09
223
65.02%
82.51%
CA
Merced
8/10/10
182
64.29%
82.42%
NV
Clark
7/27/10
461
63.56%
78.96%
PA
Philadelphia
7/21/09
164
61.59%
81.71%
FL
Palm Beach
4/6/10
273
61.17%
78.02%
TX
Webb
6/16/09
545
60.00%
85.69%
CA
Fresno
3/23/10
486
59.88%
73.46%
FL
Orange
4/6/10
169
59.17%
75.74%
CA
Tulare
7/27/10
283
58.66%
78.80%
FL
Broward
8/25/09
488
56.76%
76.02%
SC
Charleston
9/8/10
304
55.59%
90.13%
MA
Suffolk
11/5/08
313
53.99%
69.01%
MI
Wayne
10/27/09
217
53.46%
76.96%
NC
Gaston
11/17/08
141
53.19%
86.52%
OK
Oklahoma
11/3/09
452
51.77%
75.22%
OH
Franklin
1/19/10
240
51.25%
86.25%
FL
Miami‐Dade
2/24/09
1,978
50.76%
68.40%
CA
Solano
1/12/10
186
50.00%
68.28%
FL
St. Lucie
2/18/09
176
48.86%
75.57%
NM
Bernalillo
9/28/09
252
48.81%
79.76%
CA
Monterey
4/6/10
529
47.64%
70.13%
TX
El Paso
6/17/09
1,205
47.22%
82.07%
CA
Kern
9/14/10
317
47.00%
69.40%
CA
San Luis Obispo
1/5/10
170
46.47%
71.18%
CA
San Francisco
6/8/10
241
46.06%
77.59%
CA
San Joaquin
2/16/10
610
45.41%
68.20%
AZ
Yavapai
1/16/09
251
45.02%
72.51%
OR
Marion
5/4/10
167
44.91%
67.66%
CA
Contra Costa
4/6/10
731
44.46%
69.36%

Providence City Council Passes Resolution Against Secure Communities

On March 3, 2011 the full Providence City Council passed an Anti-Secure Communities resolution recommended by the Providence City Council’s Committee on Ordinances. Providence City Councilor Seth Yurdin, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Ordinances, brought the resolution through the committee on ordinances raised it tonight. Rhode Island Jobs with Justice and the RI ACLU testified at the Committee on Ordinances hearing and tonight RI JwJ mobilized our members from UNITE HERE Local 217, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Laborers Local 271 and the RI Unemployed Workers Council.

See item # 35

http://sos.ri.gov/documents/publicinfo/omdocs/notices/4798/2011/104158.pdf

“COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES
COUNCILMAN SETH YURDIN, Chairman
Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Approved,
As Amended:
35. Resolution Expressing Concern with the “Secure Communities” Initiative
being implemented by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Division of the Department of Homeland Security, and requesting a review
of the program by the Providence Public Safety Commissioner, and the
Chief of the Providence Police Department.”

Letter from Steven Pare, Public Safety Commissioner of Providence, Rhode Island, requesting information about not participating in Secure Communities

Letter from Steven Pare, Public Safety Commissioner of Providence, Rhode Island, requesting information about not participating in Secure Communities from David Venturella, Assistant Director of Secure Communities.

Click here to download the PDF of the letter. Text below.

Dear Mr. Venturella,

I am writing pursuant to the directive contained in the September 7, 2010 communication between the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), then chairwoman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Immigration, and Border Security.

The City of Providence, Rhode Island does not wish to particiapte in the Secure Communities program, but as there have been conflicting reports about this program, I would request additional information from your office on how to exercise the options of nto participation. The City o fo Providence has historically enjoyed a population of great ethnic diversity and I am greatly concerned of the adverse impact that this program will have on our residents and visitors. The success of our city’s community policing program has been based on the trust developed between law enforcement and the community – especially the immigrant community. The Secure Communiteis program will create fear and mistrust between the ocmmunity and law enforcemnt – thus undermining our community opliceing model and riskign the public safety of our capital city.

The City looks forward to working together to ensure that immigration violators with dangerous criminal backgrounds are apprehended. However, Secure Communities goes well beyond this public safety mission and will make policing and public safety efforts more difficult for the City of Providence.

Tahnk you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Steven M. Pare