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California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

The California TRUST Act (AB 1081) has now passed both houses of the state’s legislature and is awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. Passage of the TRUST Act would be an important step toward mitigating the harmful impact of the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm). Immigrant advocates from across the country are calling on Gov. Brown to sign the bill into law. continue reading »

ICE ‘Absurd’ for Making S-Comm Mandatory

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that the option to exit the controversial Secure Communities program will be "eliminated" and the program will become mandatory for 2013. Under the program, local police are required to share the fingerprints of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities. continue reading »

Secure Communities Dragnet Includes US Citizens

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) welcome the publication of a new report by the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law that exposes the violations of the rights of both citizens and non-citizens alike by the Secure Communities program. Released on the heels of the hard-hitting PBS expose, continue reading »

Task Force Members Resign Rather Than Support Flawed Secure Comm Program

Amid a flutter of resignations, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Council Task Force today released its report and recommendations on Secure Communities, a fingerprint sharing immigration enforcement program that has eroded public trust in law enforcement. continue reading »

My First Time Facing the Anti-Immigrant Crowd

The Secure Communities Task Force hearing in Arlington, Virginia Wednesday night was not my first protest, but it was my first exposure to what we call “antis”—people from the anti-immigrant crowd. Some were reasonable, and some were not. Some were people I felt I could have a conversation with, and some were so unbelievable in their comments and beliefs that I thought they must be joking. We met up at St. Charles Barromeo Catholic Church before the hearing, and attendance there was very good. Many activists were there, including people from Casa de Maryland, who introduced us to two working mothers who shared very similar stories. continue reading »

Authoritative National Report Condemns Secure Communities Program

National Leaders, Experts, and Victims of S-Comm Conclude Program Should Be Ended. This week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and others made public an authoritative report condemning the Secure Communities deportation program and recommending its termination. continue reading »

DHS Program Needs Fundamental Reform to Reverse the Damage Done to Community Policing

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to announce the constitution of a new Secure Communities Advisory Committee, a group assembled to analyze growing concerns about the program’s scope and implementation and to recommend improvements. Earlier this week, ICE also re-iterated that all states and localities will be forced to participate in the program, disregarding continue reading »

LA City Council Votes 11-1 to Ignore Homeland Securities Program- Secure Communities

The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly in support of legislation that would allow them to opt out of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities Program. continue reading »

Massachusetts Will Not Join Secure Communities Program

Mass. Governor Deval Patrick has notified the Department of Homeland Security that there will be no agreement between Massachusetts and the Government’s Secure Community Program. continue reading »