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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 »

DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

Today, the American Immigration Council hosted a briefing to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement last week that it would issue agency-wide guidance to make certain that prosecutorial discretion is exercised in a manner that ensures the agency's enforcement resources are used to remove those who pose the greatest risk to public safety. continue reading »

Gutierrez Calls DHS Deportation Announcement An Important Victory For Sensible Immigration Policy

The review of pending deportation cases and the instructions to all elements of DHS over how immigrants that meet certain criteria should be handled has come after months of sustained advocacy by Congressman Gutierrez, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, other Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, and determined public pressure by from clergy, advocates, immigrants, and DREAM Act students nationwide. 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 »

Immigration Services Launches Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available in Spanish and accessible to residents in 16 additional states continue reading »

New Documents Reveal FBI Role in Controversial Immigration Deportation Program

Documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the Cardozo Law School Immigration Justice Clinic show that the controversial Secure Communities deportation program (S-Comm), designed by Immigration and Customs 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 »

ICE Arrests over 2,400 Convicted Criminal Aliens, Fugitives in Countrywide Operation

As part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens that threaten public and national security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) toda continue reading »

DHS’ proposed Changes to Secure Communities: Too Little Too Late

The Obama Administration’s Announcement Proves That the Program Should be Suspended Immediately . 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 »

Fox Ignores The Fact That A Majority Detained By ICE Program Are Nonviolent Immigrants (VIDEO)

During Fox News' coverage of Secure Communities, a deportation program begun under the Bush administration, Fox pushed the idea that opting out of the program would create "sanctuary states" for dangerous undocumented immigrants. In fact, a large proportion of individuals who are detained and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carry only misdemeanors and minor infractions or have no criminal conviction or background. continue reading »

Cuomo Withdraws from ICE’s Secure Communities Program

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo suspended New York’s participation in the Federal Immigration Program-Secure Communities. continue reading »

Change.org Calls for Immediate Moratorium on Secure Communities Program- sign petition here

When an L.A. woman named Isaura Garcia finally worked up the nerve to call 911 -- after two years of brutal beatings by her husband -- her fingerprints were sent to a federal database for immigration checks. continue reading »

Velázquez, Serrano Urge Governor Cuomo to Withdraw from Secure Communities

On Friday, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) wrote New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging that the state withdraw from the federal 'Secure Communities' program. continue reading »

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Calls for Moratorium on “Secure Communities” Deportation Program

Following a chorus of growing criticism over the President's Secure Communities (S-Comm) policy, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus delivered a letter to the White House calling on the Administration to place a moratorium continue reading »

ICE Programs to Identify & Remove Criminal Aliens Spreading in Michigan

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today began using the Secure Communities program in seven Michigan counties including Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Jackson continue reading »

Athens County Ohio Next to Benefit from ICE Strategy to use Biometrics to Remove Aliens

On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in Athens County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime. This capability is part of Secure Communities-ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted of a crime from the United States. continue reading »

Sacramento County Uses Biometrics to Remove 461 Undocumented in First Year

Since its activation in Sacramento County a year ago, Secure Communities’ biometric information-sharing initiative has resulted in the identification and removal of more than 460 convicted criminal immigrants encountered by local law enforcement in Sacramento County. continue reading »

All Wisconsin counties to utilize ICE strategy of biometrics to identify and remove Criminals

On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information-sharing capability in all Wisconsin counties that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime. continue reading »