January 9, 2012—Today, NDLON, CCR and Cardozo Immigrant Justice Clinic released a 9-page legal memo from the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency dated October 2, 2010, just days before Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Secure Communities would no longer be considered a voluntary program. The memo reversed the position of ICE, stated in an earlier memo, that making Secure Communities mandatory would raise constitutional concerns.
On October 19, 2011, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy of the University of California-Berkley, released its report titled “Secure Communities by the Numbers: An Analysis of Demographics and Due Process” on Secure Communities. Secure Communities, or S-Comm, is an immigration enforcement program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which utilizes local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws, largely through the data sharing of fingerprint records. The program was advanced in secrecy despite significant public outcry over its devastating effects on communities, costs to local police and reports that crime victims feared coming forward due to the program.
The report relies on data from federal agencies obtained following Freedom of Information Act litigation brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with the National DayLaborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Why pouring billions of dollars into CAP, 287(g), and Secure Communities subverts the criminal justice system, erodes due process, and makes us less safe.
From the Immigrant Justice Network.