Letter to the Editor from CCR's Sunita Patel (Daily Record)

To the Editor:

Assistant ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Commissioner John Morton claims in a column that the Secure Communities program uses race-neutral fingerprints. What he failed to tell us is how ICE plans to ensure that arresting officers are upholding the U.S. Constitution, instead of using the ironically named Secure Communities program to funnel immigrants into an already overburdened and mismanaged immigrant detention and deportation system. After all, fingerprints are taken and immigration status checked at booking, not after a determination of guilt.
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This means thousands of innocent, unlawfully arrested people and even U.S. citizens are subjected to this enforcement initiative. The Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and the Cardozo Law School Immigration Justice Clinic asked immigration agencies for records to uncover the truth behind the immigration enforcement program in a recent lawsuit. The public needs to decide for itself whether the program is an efficient use of our taxpayer dollars or if it’s just a racial profiling dragnet similar to 287(g) and the Arizona legislation.

SUNITA PATEL
New York, N.Y

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