An Alabama immigrant advocacy organization has sent a petition, with over 10,000 signatures, to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cease the deportation of the undocumented arrested for minor offenses.
The Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice is urging that DHS ‘Secure Communities’ program cease since it is not just targeting criminal aliens with serious criminal histories but others as well.
The coalition notes that someone with a traffic ticket can be deported or someone arrested but not convicted can also be deported. Immigration advocates see the Secure Communities program as expensive and creating a lot of ‘insecurity’ in the state among immigrants.
The petition was presented to DHS at an informal meeting in Birmingham with DHS but it was not accepted. The petition is now expected to be delivered directly to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Secure Communities is suppose to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens that ‘present the most significant threat to public safety’ and those with long criminal histories.