One of the most troubling aspects of recent immigration enforcement is the degree to which state and local police have become partners with the Department of Homeland Security in the enforcement of federal immigration law. In the past few years, an explosion of programs such as 287(g), Secure Communities and the Criminal Alien Program has driven a staggering increase in detention and deportations in this country while creating serious civil rights concerns. The programs depend on pulling people into the criminal process where immigration status can be checked, even if an arrest was based on racial profiling or no crime was committed. Today, these partnerships are being systemized, formalized, and aggressively promoted by the Obama administration, DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The toolkit is designed to help advocates get started in responding to ICE enforcement programs in their communities: to research what programs are operating and how they work, ask questions of police and politicians, join forces with allies, and follow up with formal requests for information under federal and state law. We hope that this will be a useful resource as you strive to make your communities free from state-sponsored racial profiling and human rights abuses.
If you need more information about these programs, feel free to contact the organizations on this toolkit or check information developed for an in-depth Webinar on ICE-Police collaborations in the State and Local folder in the Immigration Advocates Network Library (free but requires registration). www.immigrationadvocates.org. Feel free to contact any of the organizations on this teach-in toolkit for more information. Also, if you need Word documents of any documents in the toolkit, we will email all Word documents that we have. This toolkit is part of the Uncover the
Truth campaign: www.uncoverthetruth.org convened by the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic.