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.