Advocates Support Representative Zoe Lofgren’s Call for Investigation into Flawed Secure Communities Program
04.28.2011– Today California Representative Zoe Lofgren (16th District) called on the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, ICE Director John Morton, as well as the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to investigate ICE’s Secure Communities fingerprint- sharing program in two separate letters. Rights groups NDLON, CCR and Cardozo support Lofgren’s call for an investigation into Secure Communities and whether local jurisdictions and states have the ability to “opt out” of the program.
In her letter to the OPR, Lofgren wrote: “It is unacceptable for government officials to essentially lie to local governments, Members of Congress, and the public…It is critically important you thoroughly investigate this matter and that any misconduct result in real consequences.”
Secure Communities has been criticized and condemned throughout the country since it began in 2008. Through to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by NDLON, CCR and Cardozo in April 2010, a series of documents and internal emails have been released by advocates which have shown dishonesty and confusion among federal and state officials charged with implementing the program.
“It’s a good thing the former governor of Arizona – the one who originally procured Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 287(g) contract in the first place – doesn’t get to rule by decree in Washington, DC,” said Chris Newman, Legal Director for National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
The groups also commend Senator Robert Menendez’s statement in support of Rep. Lofgren.
For more information on the FOIA lawsuit, please visit http://ccrjustice.org/secure-communities or http://uncoverthetruth.org.