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No S-Comm in New York! Come Protest Next Monday, May 14, 2012!

Keep New York Safe from ICE’s Deportation Machine! No S-Comm in New York! Join Us to Protest ICE’s May 15 Activation of its Mass Deportation Program in NY

WHEN: Monday May 14, 2012, 12pm-2pm

WHERE: 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY

Under S-Comm, local law enforcement send fingerprints of arrestees to the Department of Homeland Security database. This program will push even more immigrants into the unjust detention and deportation system, On June 1, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended S-Comm in New York. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just announced that it would be activating its fundamentally flawed S-Comm program throughout the state on May 15. Join us in our call for an end to S-Comm!

Initial Sponsors: Immigrant Defense Project, Make the Road New York, New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State Working Group Against Deportation, New York Immigration Coalition

For more information, contact Michelle Fei at 484-466-6334 or [email protected]

Download flyer: English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

ALTO a Las Comunidades Seguras Ahora!

No más deportaciones. La policia no debe cooperar con los agentes de inmigración

Protesta en contra de la implementación del “Comunidades Seguras” en Nueva York

Cuando:  Lunes, 14 Mayo 2012 12pm-2pm

Donde:  26 Federal Plaza New York, NY

Bajo el programa de “Comunidades Seguras,” la policía local envía las huellas digitales a bancos de información de las personas arrestadas. Este programa empujará a más inmigrantes dentro del sistema injusto de detención y deportación. En el 1 junio del 2011, el Gobernador Cuomo suspendió el programa de “Comunidades Seguras.” Pero la Migra anunció que el fallido programa se implementará a través del estado el 15 de mayo. Los invitamos a que se unan a parar este programa.

Auspiciado por (lista en formación): El Proyecto de Defensa al Inmigrante, Se Hace Camino NY, Grupo de Trabajo del Estado en Contra de las Deportaciones, Coalición de Inmigración en Nueva York, La Unión De Libertades Civiles de Nueva York.

Para más información: llame Michelle Fei al 484-466-6334 o [email protected]

Upcoming New York S-Comm Events


The Hudson Valley Community Coalition, Rockland County Immigration Coalition and others are holding a rally at Memorial Park, Village of Spring Valley, 21 Memorial Park Drive (flier attached) for Human Rights and Dignity for All! For Immigrants, For Children, For Workers, For the Community. If you are interested in co-sponsoring please let us know!
MAY 18, 11-12p, NYC. RALLY TO STOP S-Comm in NY:
Governor Cuomo’s NYC office at 633 3rd Avenue (between 40th and 41st Street). Come out and join the growing chorus of voices to end NY’s support for collaboration between police and ICE! Link to Facebook event:
Ideas on how to spread the word on the petition?
Please put them into motion and continue to get members, allies, friends, and family to sign on!

Wednesday, May 11th: Stop S-Comm in NY Prayer Vigil

Wednesday, May 11th: Stop S-Comm in NY Prayer Vigil
On Wednesday, May 11th, in front of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office, the New Sanctuary Coalition, along with religious leaders from all faiths, joined by advocates and community members, will march around Governor Cuomo’s office and hold a prayer session in order to call attention to the need to immediately end the mass deportation known as “Secure Communities.” They will applaud Illinois for withdrawing from S-Comm and urge Cuomo to do the same in order to protect New York immigrant communities. Speakers will also question the morality of a program that destroys trust between police and immigrant communities, amplifies racial profiling, and funnels people directly into an unjust deportation system.

WHAT:     Vigil to call for termination of NY’s “S-Comm”

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 1:00pm

WHERE:    In front of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office, 633 3rd Ave (between 40th and 41st Streets)

With no public input, New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services signed an agreement with ICE last year to bring S-Comm to our State. S-Comm requires law enforcement to automatically forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to federal immigration databases and aims to transfer people suspected of being deportable directly into the detention and deportation system. Locked up in detention centers in remote locations, immigrants have severely limited access to lawyers, medical care, family, witnesses, and evidence to defend against deportation. Meanwhile, immigrant families and communities are left broken and devastated. To date, more than one-third of New York’s counties have activated S-Comm.

December 9th NYC Rally and Hearing Against ICE-Police Collaboration

12/9/2010:  Rally and Hearing Against ICE-Police Collaboration

Take a stand against the implementation of the Secure Communities program in New York. You can also help pack the courthouse on that day for a hearing for an emergency injunction as part of the National Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit regarding S-Comm, NDLON v. ICE.

WHAT: Rally in front of Governor Patterson’s Office to Stop ICE’s “Secure Communities” in New York
WHERE: Office of the Governor, 633 3rd Avenue, between 40th and 41st Street
WHEN: Thurs. December 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

WHAT: Oral Arguments in NDLON v. ICE
WHERE: Southern District of New York at 500 Pearl Street, Courtroom 15C
WHEN: Thurs. December 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Also attached is a flier in English and Spanish for the rally. (PDF)

1,000 MRNY Members Come Together to Tell NYC: "Get Out of the Deportation Business"

October 21, 2010
1,000 MRNY Members Come Together to Tell NYC: “Get Out of the Deportation Business”

Dear Friends:

On Tuesday, close to 1,000 MRNY members marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and rallied at City Hall as part of our Third Annual Democracy Day. Joined by elected officials, clergy and other allies, MRNY announced the launch of our new campaign: to end the City Department of Corrections’ collaboration with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in order to cease unjust deportations. Read more in the Daily News.

Every year DOC transfers 3,000-4,000 New Yorkers to ICE’s custody at considerable expense to the City, even though the City is under no legal obligation to do so. Neither ICE nor DOC exercises any discretion when deciding who to send into the black hole of immigration detention.

At the rally, MRNY members gave testimony of how they and their loved ones have been affected by this injustice – how families have been torn apart, leaving children without their parents and households without their main breadwinners; how innocent people have been interrogated and detained without access to legal counsel, witnesses or evidence necessary to defend themselves against deportation orders; how fathers, mothers and children have been sent to immigration jails thousands of miles away to be held in deplorable conditions for indefinite periods of time.

Make the Road New York member Fiorentina Williams, an immigrant from Queens said, “We need to make sure that New York City gets out of the deportation system. My brother in law was found innocent of a crime, but he was taken from Rikers Island and placed in an immigration facility in Texas to be deported. He had to leave his family behind with no one to support them.”

“In America, we have a constitutional right that guarantees that we are innocent until proven guilty and this policy violates that right,” said New York City Council Member and Chair of the Immigration Committee, Daniel Dromm. “We must send a strong message to the Mayor that this policy must end immediately because it is unfair and unjust. We must remove ICE from Rikers and ensure that our immigrant families and communities are protected from these immoral and dangerous enforcement operations.”

MRNY would like to thank City Council Members Daniel Dromm, Brad Lander, Leticia James and James Van Bramer, and clergy members Reverend Bob Coleman, Reverend Michael Ellick, Father James Kelly, Father Fabian Arias, Sister Lilly Butler and Reverend Susan Switzer, for standing with us on this important day, in support of this important campaign.

Read more about this event in the Associated Press, WNYC, NY Daily News, NY Times (photo) and El Diario.

Photos by Claudio Papapietro and MRNY

Make the Road New York (MRNY) is the largest participatory immigrant organization in New York City with 8000 members. With vibrant community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; and Port Richmond, Staten Island; MRNY gives voice to thousands of immigrants and working class New Yorkers through community organizing, educates tomorrow’s leaders and provides services to support families. To find out more or to make a donation, please visit our website: