Campaign Against Secure Communities in New Jersey
Support the campaign against secure communities in New Jersey! Please find the template petition letter to Governor Christie and fact sheets for your information below.
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PETITION LETTER TEMPLATE TO GOVERNOR CHRISTIE
Dear Governor Christie,
I am writing to express my opposition to having the Secure Communities program in New Jersey.
Secure Communities is an initiative of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division of the Department of Homeland Security to obtain fingerprinting information from local police and the FBI. Although it is promoted as a program that will make our communities safer, the program will instead break up families and communities through deportation. It is well documented that deportations can create severe hardship on families, leading in many cases to less secure and fragmented communities. In addition to damaging our communities, the program only serves to annihilate trust in law enforcement. If Secure Communities were implemented in New Jersey, it would encourage racial profiling, create a two-tiered system of justice and lead to automatic deportation for immigrants who have criminal violations. Programs such as Secure Communities, the Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g) are used as a dragnet to expand deportation and undermine our notions of fairness and justice.
As a resident in the state of New Jersey, I embrace and value our diversity. Secure Communities only seeks to destroy the rich community of immigrants from all corners of the world. It will not reach its stated goal of “securing the community by removing criminal aliens” by allowing the immigration agency to take action against anyone who is fingerprinted by the police. Instead it will impede immigrants from reporting crimes or interacting with law enforcement in fear of arrest, detention and deportation of themselves or their loved ones. Detaining immigrants will not fix our broken immigration law.
I am writing to urge you not to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to implement Secure Communities in New Jersey. I believe that this program and other similar immigration and law enforcement collaborations will harm public safety and community trust, and must be rejected.
Thank you for your attention.
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