New Developments in Secure Communities and the Next Generation Identification Initiative
Advocates Confront FBI about its Role in Massive Deportation Program
In June, advocates traveled to Buffalo, New York to confront the FBI about its role in the Secure Communities deportation Program. Representatives from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Criminal Defense Immigration Project of the New York State Defenders Association, and the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic, and NYU doctoral candidate Travis Hall attended the semi-annual meeting of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board (APB) and presented to the group about the negative impacts of S-Comm on public safety, community policing, and privacy. They also obtained updates on developments in Secure Communities and the Next Generation Identification initiative, of which S-Comm is one part.
An analysis from the Electronic Frontier Foundation of the privacy concerns raised by these new developments will be available shortly as well.
The APB advises the FBI on how to manage the FBI’s civil and criminal databases. It was the APB that first decided to make Secure Communities a mandatory program. But the APB made this decision without considering any of the public safety and privacy issues that have made S-Comm so controversial. At the June meeting, advocates forced those issues onto the agenda.
The next APB meeting is scheduled for December, in a location to be determined. For more information, or to get involved, contact jkarp at ndlon.org.