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Documents, reports, and other resources.

Fact Sheet: Inadequacies in the DHS OIG Reports on S-Comm

Inadequacies in the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Reports on Secure Communities

On April 6, 2012, the OIG issued two reports about the controversial Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) program Secure Communities. The reports were written in response to an April 2011 request from Representative Zoe Lofgren. Unfortunately, despite taking nearly a year in its investigation, the OIG fails to address fundamental problems with S-Comm’s design and roll out.

View and download the full fact sheet by clicking here.

New FOIA Documents – Vulnerable Groups

FOIA Documents: Vulnerable Groups

Click here to view an Index of the documents, with click-able links.

On April 10, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released 16 documents obtained though Freedom of Information Act litigation as part of the Uncover the Truth campaign.

The documents confirm that ICE has long been aware of particular risks, including civil rights concerns, that its Secure Communities (S-Comm) enforcement program poses to vulnerable groups like naturalized US Citizens, juveniles, and victims of crimes, including survivors of domestic violence.

Despite this awareness, ICE has responded reactively with either inadequate, cosmetic reforms or ad hoc solutions in individual cases.  One such case is that of Isaura Garcia, a Los Angeles resident, mother and domestic violence survivor. The documents show ICE’s reaction to news about Ms. Garcia’s detention and placement in deportation proceedings after she called 911 for help.  As documented in these e-mails, ICE’s response is a scrambled exercise in damage control, partnered with a willingness to blame their local law enforcement partner, the Los Angeles Police Department, rather than face up to the obvious: that S-Comm was the culprit the City of Los Angeles never invited.

A document shows that ICE expected local law enforcement to either alert ICE about crime victims or simply not fingerprint them in the first place.  ICE’s subsequent June 2011 memo about prosecutorial discretion for victims and witnesses similarly puts the burden on individuals outside the agency – specifically, attorneys or advocates – to alert the agency about crime victims and witnesses caught up in S-Comm’s dragnet-like design.

ICE’s disregard is further illustrated by a document regarding another case about a domestic violence victim from Lodi, California, who was arrested with her abuser and deported before the resolution of any criminal proceedings.  In discussing the case, ICE officials joked “This must have been a good fight!”

The lack of any process by ICE for protecting vulnerable groups shows that far from being targeted at “the worst of the worst,” S-Comm casts an immense net, in its wake leaving the community and local police to deal with the damage done to families and public safety.

The result has been fear in immigrant communities that has undermined public trust in local law enforcement and prevented victims and witnesses from coming forward, such as in the case of the sexual abuse tragedy at Miramonte Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District which came to light this spring.

As for U.S. citizens caught up in S-Comm, one of the documents show that an individual’s claim of citizenship and the provision of a U.S. birth certificate failed to satisfy ICE.  A Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General report released April 5, 2012 only further establishes that a substantial number of people identified through S-Comm are in fact U.S. citizens.

Advocates hope that the documents released today will shed further light on risks posed by S-Comm, and bring further momentum to state and local efforts to limit compliance with this deportation dragnet.   The next release of documents will point to ICE’s inadequate handling of racial profiling problems associated with S-Comm.

New Document Release – "Law Enforcement Packet"

This document contains a 3-page survey to LEAs (pages 35-37) about their booking processes and a number of Q&As about FBI and DHS procedures regarding fingerprint and information datasharing. This document can help localities develop an understanding of how quickly place of birth information is shared with ICE and at what stage of the booking and detention process, the detainer may drop. It also can help a community find out if a locality has sought funding to upgrade technology for Secure Communities or Next Generation Identification (NGI).

Click here to download the document “ICE 117629 – Packet to LEA”

Petition: "End S-Comm! Don't Mend It"

End S-Comm, Don’t Mend it!

The Pledge:

I pledge to break ICE’s hold on my community and my country. I will continue to demand that the federal government end the in-Secure Communities program that has deported over 169,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, and threatened the public safety of us all. I will demand that my local and state governments refuse to be deportation pipelines. I will urge my local and state officials to adopt policies to deny ICE access to individuals and deny voluntary ICE holds requests. I will ask them to rebuild trust. I will not stop.

Sign the petition here:

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White House at 202-456-1111

Sample Script:

“My name is [insert name]. I am calling from [insert city, state]. I know that the Administration is announcing changes to the “Secure Communities” deportation program any day now. I want to ask the Administration to “end, not mend” this controversial program. S-Comm has damaged public safety, created fear in our communities, and deported thousands of our family members and friends. We urge the President to abandon his legacy of deportation and end the program immediately.”