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SaturdayMay 28, 2011

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Voter ID Update: WI and TN disenfranchise voters, TX and MO close at their heels

Voter ID Update: WI and TN disenfranchise voters, TX and MO close at their heels

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Though the perception is that photo ID battles are slackening a bit, this week’s news proves that overall voter suppression efforts are not.

The Good News

Minnesota: Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed Minnesota’s photo ID bill yesterday. On the down side, lawmakers have also introduced a bill to put a photo ID constitutional amendment on the ballot for 2012. It hasn’t been brought to the floor in either chamber yet, but we may see it move now.

California: Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed bills relating to online voter registration and a conditional form of same day registration. Though both would only be open to people with a California driver’s license or state identification card, these reforms would represent giant leaps forward in how California administers elections.

Pennsylvania: The House failed to take action on the photo ID bill this week, buying a little more time. It will likely come up for consideration of amendments and a final vote when the House returns from recess the week of June 6. Last week the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an op-ed on the bill by FELN President Robert M. Brandon.

South Carolina:Following Governor Nikki Haley’s Black signing of the photo ID bill with a Black Eyed Peas soundtrack last week, you might be thinking there’s no way South Carolina could be in the “Good” column. However, due to South Carolina’s history of racial discrimination, the law must receive approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before it can be implemented, and members of the South Carolina Progressive Network are working on building the case for its rejection.

The Bad News

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NY Sen. Ruben Diaz Revives “Gay Versus Black” Debate

NY Sen. Ruben Diaz Revives “Gay Versus Black” Debate

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Not this again…

In response to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent speech in support of marriage equality, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz issued a statement Thursday condemning the mayor for attempting to “trivialize” the suffering of the black community by comparing the struggle for marriage equality to the African-American civil rights movements.

During his speech, Bloomberg remarked on New York’s history of being at the forefront of efforts to expand civil liberties:

It’s fitting that the gay rights movement began in our City, because New Yorkers have always been at the forefront of movements to expand American freedoms – and guarantee American liberties. Long before our founding fathers wisely decided to separate church from state, leading citizens of our City petitioned their colonial rulers for religious freedom. Long before Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, many New Yorkers – including the founder of this college, Peter Cooper – crusaded against slavery. Long before the nation adopted the 19th Amendment, New Yorkers helped lead the movement for women’s suffrage. And long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, New Yorkers played a pivotal role in advancing a color-blind society.


Sen. Diaz rejected the comparison between the black struggle for civil rights and the ongoing struggle for marriage equality, calling homosexuality a “lifestyle”:

There is no just comparison between America’s struggle to overcome the evils of slavery and the promotion of the lifestyle of homosexuality. It is preposterous for Mayor Bloomberg to degrade and minimize the plight of African-Americans in this civil rights struggle by equating it with the effort to push to legalize homosexual marriage.

[…]

Black leaders should not allow Mayor Bloomberg or anyone else trivialize their suffering and their history!

Sen. Diaz’s statement should sound all too familiar to those who followed the unsuccessful push for marriage equality in Maryland earlier this year.

During the Maryland House floor debate in March, Delegate Emmett Burns used an almost identical line of argument to oppose a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state:

If same-sex marriage is to be equated with the movement that I know, then, if you will, show me your Birmingham, Alabama where high-pressure water hoses were turned on us so powerful that it knocked the bark off trees just because we wanted our right. If you want to compare same-sex marriage with civil rights as I know it, show me those who had their homes invaded by the Ku Klux Klan at night and burned down their homes and businesses and churches and lit firey crosses on your lawns because of same-sex marriage.

[...]

I am a black man, an African American. I cannot choose my color, nor do I wish to do so. Those who are gay can disguise their propensity.

This kind of infighting between racial and ethnic minorities and the LGBT community is exactly what anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) are working tirelessly to foment.

These groups know that it’s in their political interest to pit racial minority communities against the LGBT community in order to distract from the clear parallels that exist between the groups’ respective struggles for civil rights and equality.

That’s why NOM used the “race card” so brazenly in Maryland, and it’s precisely why they’re doing it again (somewhat effectively, unfortunately) in New York.

In this light, Sen. Diaz’s comments are extremely disheartening.

In the fight for LGBT equality, there’s no reason the African-American community can’t be one of the LGBT community’s closest and most vocal allies. As Alvin McEwen previously noted on his blog:

Whether folks want to admit it or not, the African-American community is linked to the lgbt community, and not just by those who us who belong to both groups. Our oppression is sometimes similar and the folks behind it are sometimes the same entities.

The majority white-led and populated religious right groups who exploit this tug of war between the African-American and lgbt communities are quick to be the so-called protectors of the civil right movement’s legacy but render themselves conveniently invisible when issues like socio-economic inequalities in minority health and education pop up.

Read more at Equality Matters →

Hispanic Woman Gives Birth to Baby Carried Outside Uterus (VIDEO)

Hispanic Woman Gives Birth to Baby Carried Outside Uterus (VIDEO)

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Against all odds (and advice), Nickie Soto in Arizona gave birth to a healthy baby boy this week that grew outside the uterus. The baby attached to the wall outside the uterus where Doctors have never seen a successful pregnancy. Twenty-five doctors and nurses participated in the birth of the baby, which was 8 weeks early.

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MTV Latin America to Produce New Paparazzi Inspired Telenovela ’ POPLAND’

MTV Latin America to Produce New Paparazzi Inspired Telenovela ’ POPLAND’

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MTV Latin America, a unit of Viacom Inc. , announced the start of production of POPLAND, the network’s second undertaking in the telenovela format, and the first 100% MTV Latin America produced scripted series starring Latin American and US talent. The announcement was made today by Fernando Gaston, Senior Vice President of Content, Creative and Music, MTV Networks Latin America.


The entire production will be shot on-set and on location in Colombia and features both established and emerging talent from Latin America and the US, including Sara Cobo (Mexico), Jon Ecker (U.S.), Ricardo Abarca (Mexico) and Manuela Gonzalez (Colombia), amongst others.  POPLAND will premiere pan-regionally on MTV Latin America in the Fall of 2011 and will also air on Tr3s:  MTV, Musica y Mas in the U.S.; MTV Spain and MTV Italy (exact dates to be announced). The series includes 70, 1-hour episodes shot in High Definition.


“We are thrilled to start production of our second novela,” commented Gaston.  “After the incredible success of Niñas Mal, we decided to give our audience more of this genre bringing them a fresh new story in the same cutting edge style MTV is known for.  We have an amazing cast onboard and are certain that POPLAND will captivate viewers throughout Latin America, the US and Europe.”


Written by Argentinean script writers Marcelo Camaño (Vidas Robadas, El Capo, Montecristo) and Claudia Bono (Niñas Mal; teen comedy, Enséñame a Vivir), POPLAND is a story of one girl’s journey, from humble small town life, to the star-studded big city world of celebrities, parties, and the love affair that rocks her world forever.

The series, which will be produced using the latest high definition technology, gives a look into the world of celebrity through the lens of aspiring photographer, Carla.  Raised in a small town, Carla is an intelligent, loyal, charismatic and ambitious 18-year-old who dreams big and achieves bigger. She launches herself into the big city and shortly lands the job of a lifetime as a paparazzi for a popular celebrity gossip website, POPLAND.  Carla soon learns that VIP access and exclusive shots come at a price. Although the competitive world of paparazzis puts Carla’s career on thin ice, her persistence and determination never let her down.


POPLAND will be distributed by MTV Networks International Program Sales (IPS), the group responsible for all international program syndication, format and co-production activities for the company’s diverse portfolio of entertainment brands, as well as acquisition of original content in MTV Networks’ core competency areas of kids, music and young people, for sale to third parties around the world.

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“Marco Rubio is not the solution to the Hispanic Problem” Hispanic GOP

“Marco Rubio is not the solution to the Hispanic Problem” Hispanic GOP

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This weeks Somos Republicans Statement:

In a recent story, POLITICO quoted Senator Marco Rubio taking a hard line stance on immigration. As the largest national Latin Republican group in the United States, we believe we have to address Rubio’s recent remarks because he made it very clear that he has opposed the DREAM Act and he also believes Washington needs to stem the flow of illegal immigration through tougher border security and electronic workplace verification before figuring out what to do with those already here.

We believe the problem with implementing more tougher border security and national e-verify is not a reasonable solution because enforcement only policies are fundamentally disconnected with the economic realities we live in. Immigrants bring additional tax revenues, hard work ethic, that businesses and corporations rely on. In fact, corporations need H-1 Visa reform. In 2006, we built the fence, we increased enforcement – now is the time for Senators to fix the broken system using reasonable solutions in which farmers, businesses and Americans can benefit from. It’s time for the rhetoric to stop, and now it is time for Congress to act in tackling this difficult issue in a bi-partisan fashion.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report confirms we have accomplished our mission since President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Bush’s Act covered 700 miles of fencing and we have maintained 100% operation control of the border since then. At least 300 miles of vehicle barriers, 370 miles of fencing, and 105 ground-based radar and camera towers have been installed along the U.S.-Mexico land border, along with deployment of four unmanned aerial vehicles and their supporting systems.

Recently the State of Florida failed to pass an anti-immigrant bill SB 2040 which included strong e-verify and 287(g) language. If it were not for the tourist industry, business community, citrus agricultural growers, immigrant activists and religious leaders – the bill would have passed. The State of Florida sent a resounding message to Americans that e-verification combined with enforcement-only solutions are not the answer in solving the immigration issue because farmers depend on immigrant labor. They know that farmers are suffering in the state of Arizona and much of it’s crop did not get picked as a result of legislative bills that drove the work force away. In addition, vegetable and food prices increased at the grocery store and this further hurts the American consumer due to increased gasoline prices and rising inflation.

Unfortunately, Rubio is not the solution to the Hispanic Problem we are facing right now. As the largest Latino Republican organization in the nation, SOMOS REPUBLICANS has already come up with a reasonable plan with our 12 steps to Secure Borders and Legal immigration. The plan was reviewed, polished and endorsed by a former Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II Presidential Hispanic advisor – Lionel Sosa of Texas. We encourage Senator Rubio to review our plan that came from within our Latin community in the southwestern part of the United States. More importantly, we hope that Senator Rubio learns from Jose Marti or at least reflects on his words of wisdom based on social justice.

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Latino Division Over Illinois Legislative Maps

Latino Division Over Illinois Legislative Maps

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Late yesterday afternoon, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund issued a press release…


After analyzing HB3760, the legislative redistricting map passed earlier today by the Illinois House, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) opposes the plan because it fractures communities of interest and weakens the voting strength of Latino neighborhoods. For example, the proposed Illinois plan unnecessarily splits Little Village, a community of interest that is maintained whole in MALDEF’s proposed redistricting plan previously offered to the Legislature.


“We cannot support a map that splits one of the most important Latino communities in Chicago,” stated Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation. “In our proposed map, MALDEF kept Little Village together, created additional Latino majority districts and ensured the preservation of Black majority districts. MALDEF’s proposed map demonstrates that the Legislature elevated incumbency protection over respect for the Latino community,” continued Perales.


MALDEF will continue fighting for Latino voters with a map that creates more Latino majority districts and that keeps Little Village whole.


* MALDEF also had some sharp words for the House Majority Leader…

“We have studied the map very carefully, and we don’t consider it a good map,” said Elisa Alfonso, redistricting coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who declined to say whether her group would challenge these maps in federal court as it did an earlier set of boundaries in 1991.


MALDEF contended what lawmakers approved “fractures communities of interest and weakens the voting strength of Latino neighborhoods,” including having Little Village split into two House and Senate districts rather than keeping the Latino community united.


During her floor speech, Currie told lawmakers that MALDEF had requested such a division, but Alfonso angrily denounced that statement from the No. 2 House Democrat as a “flat-out lie.”

“Anyone who says that is just working to protect incumbents,” she said.


Expect a lawsuit over this map.

* But the Latino Policy Forum isn’t nearly as upset. From a press release . . .


Leadership from the 49-member Illinois Latino Agenda is cautiously optimistic about gains in Latino representation included in legislative maps approved today by the General Assembly. Unprecedented collaboration among the Agenda’s diverse city- and suburban-based member organizations has influenced the creation of stronger Latino legislative districts throughout Metro Chicago.


“The new maps represent the growing influence of the Latino community-some advances were significant, some smaller, but all important in allowing Latino voters to effectively decide who will represent them in Springfield,” said Hipolíto “Paul” Roldan, president of the board of directors for the Latino Policy Forum, the co-convener of the Agenda. “Significant among our successes was our unified effort itself. The Agenda represents agreement among nearly 50 diverse Latino groups-a strong, united voice representing a growing, diverse community.” [...]


These gains are tempered, however, by the fact that Latinos, Illinois’ second-largest ethnic community and one of its fastest-growing population segments, will continue to be underrepresented in Springfield: Latino Policy Forum analysis indicates that if the two million-plus Latinos in Illinois were proportionately represented, there would be at least 28 Latino super-majority districts in the state legislature. However, analysis shows that geographic concentration would require 13 such districts.

Additionally, Latino leaders are upset that advances came unnecessarily at the expense of community cohesion. Despite the Agenda’s advocacy to the contrary, lines were drawn through-not around-the predominately-Latino communities of Little Village, Back of the Yards, Cicero, Berwyn and Brighton Park. Fracturing these communities dilutes residents’ ability to influence their legislators and improve their neighborhoods. Some of these districts, drawn extensively across municipalities, represent a threat to real representation for Latino communities.


“Outcomes were mixed, but the process itself shows promise: Latinos and other communities of color played a significant role in determining how these maps were drawn,” said Maria S. Pesqueira, President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción and member of the Illinois Latino Agenda. “Our next step is to turn these new district lines into actual representation. More representation for Latinos in Springfield is good for all of Illinois.”

Read more at Capital Fax →

High Heel Race For Charity in Lima Peru (VIDEO)

High Heel Race For Charity in Lima Peru (VIDEO)

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More than 100 women took place in the race wearing high heels of at least 2 inches high.  Proceeds support the victims of domestic violence in Peru.

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Univision to Produce Phone Bank to Help LA Homeowners Avoid Scams

Univision to Produce Phone Bank to Help LA Homeowners Avoid Scams

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On June 1st, KMEX CH 34 in Los Angeles will have more than 20 housing counselors come to their studios to answer calls from homeowners concerned about keeping their homes. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., these volunteers will be on hand at the TV station in Los Angeles to help homeowners find the answers they need and learn about illegal housing mortgage refinancing/ modification scams. As the counselors listen to their stories, they will also determine if a homeowner has been, or is at risk of being scammed and provide information on how and where to report scams. 

This event is part of HUD’s recently launched consumer protection campaign called “Know It. Avoid It. Report It.”

This campaign aims to help Angeleno homeowners better protect themselves from scammers preying on the downturn in the state’s housing market. Hispanic and African American homeowners have been especially hard hit. The city has been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis and by predators who seek to profit from their misfortune. Millions of Californians are still underwater in their mortgages, in foreclosure, or at risk of entering foreclosure, and they need to protect themselves. During the telethon, live and pre-recorded cut-ins will be aired to drive that message home.

WHO: HUD approved housing counselors, and representatives from LA

Dept. of Consumer Affairs, LA City Housing Department, and California Department of Real Estate


WHAT: HUD-Sponsored Anti-Scam Phone Bank


WHEN: Wednesday evening, June 1, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PDT  


WHERE: 999 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045-8901


For more information, contact Luis Vasquez-Ajmac at 202-309-3444.

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Obama Administration and Farm Bureau tout ‘comprehensive’ Immigration Reform

Obama Administration and Farm Bureau tout ‘comprehensive’ Immigration Reform

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Agriculture labor requirements and the threat of higher food prices and rising imports took center stage when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed immigration reform during a Wednesday morning press conference.

Vilsack argued against smaller, incremental reform as inadequate, saying a “comprehensive” approach is needed.

“We need to stop threatening the competitiveness of our agricultural economy with this broken immigration policy. ..I’ve met farmers and ranchers all over this country who are worried about the broken immigration system. They’re unable to find the necessary number of farm workers and sometimes they struggle to verify their work authorization papers. All the while, they wonder if they’ll have enough help for the next harvest,” he said.


Obviously wary of the rancor and divisiveness previous immigration reform efforts exposed across the country, Vilsack also repeatedly called for a “civil” debate.


The Obama administration’s agitating for congressional action on immigration will be welcome news for many in agriculture. Farmers say securing migrant labor too often involves needless red tape and prohibitive time and monetary costs.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has alsocalled for changes in alien worker laws, saying the current system is “untenable in the long-run.”

Read more at Delta Farm Press →

Arizona Style Immigration Bill Dies in Texas

As the clocked ticked down the final moments of the 82nd Legislative session, the prediction of some Senate Democrats that their Tuesday vote to block HB12 was the end of “sanctuary cities” came true.

Sen. Tommy Williams did not try a second time to bring up the Arizona-style proposal and HB12 died a silent and painless death as Lt. Gov. Dewhurst adjourned the Senate.


The victory over irrational legislation belongs to communities in El Paso, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Texas Valley, West Texas and others. Texas can be proud of the efforts of their state-wide alliance and other advocacy groups such as the TRUST coalition. They all made the difference with civic actions, an energetic strategy and deep dedication to Texan values and rights.


Congratulations to those Senators who stood up for civil and human rights, community safety and economic security by blocking HB12. The twelve lawmakers who voted to block HB12 were Sens. Wendy Davis, Rodney Ellis, Mario Gallegos Jr., Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa , Eddie Lucio Jr., Jose Rodriguez, Carlos Uresti, Leticia Van De Putte, Kirk Watson, John Whitmire, Royce West and Judith Zaffirini. Their votes prove their commitment to Texans.


The failure of HB12 was inevitable considering the far-reaching opposition to it that included police chiefs and sheriffs, faith leaders, business associations, Texas communities and civil and human rights activists across the state.

If Texas had followed the Arizona path of prejudice, xenophobia and intolerance towards immigrants, the U.S. values of liberty and justice for all would have been eroded in this great state for generations.


Civil and human rights activists should be bolstered to know that if anti-immigrant legislation can’t pass in Texas with a Republican supermajority voting party-line, it can’t pass anywhere.

What started in Arizona a year ago was stopped in Texas this week.

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U.S. Hispanic Country-of-Origin Counts - 63% Mexican Origin

U.S. Hispanic Country-of-Origin Counts - 63% Mexican Origin

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The 2010 Decennial Census counted 50.5 million Hispanics. Among them, 31.8 million, or 63%, are of Mexican origin. They are followed by Puerto Rican-origin Hispanics, who number 4.6 million, or 9.2%, of all U.S. Hispanics. Next are Cubans at 1.8 million or 3.5%, Salvadorans at 1.6 million or 3.3%, Dominicans at 1.4 million or 2.8%, Guatemalans at one million or 2.1% and Colombians at 909,000 or 1.8%.


While the relative position of the nation’s three largest Hispanic country-of-origin groups has remained unchanged since 2000, the next four groups grew faster during the decade. Salvadoran-origin population, the fourth largest Hispanic country-of-origin group grew by 152% since 2000. The Dominican population grew by 85%, the Guatemalan population by 180% and the Colombian population by 93%. Meanwhile, the Cuban and Puerto Rican populations grow more slowly——44% and 36% respectively. The Mexican-origin population grew by 54%.


Mexicans are the dominant Hispanic-origin group in major metropolitan areas in all regions of the country except the East. For example, among the Miami metropolitan area’s Hispanics, half are Cuban. In the New York metropolitan area, Puerto Ricans are the largest group, followed by Dominicans. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Salvadorans are the largest group. But in other regions and other metropolitan areas spanning from Los Angeles to Chicago to San Antonio to Atlanta, Mexican-origin Hispanics are by far the dominant group.

Country of origin is based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to questions in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and on the 2010 Census form. It is not necessarily the same as place of birth, nor is it indicative of immigrant or citizenship status. For example, a U.S. citizen born in Los Angeles of Mexican immigrant parents or grandparents may (or may not) identify his or her country of origin as Mexico. Likewise, some immigrants born in Mexico may identify another country as their origin depending on the place of birth of their ancestors.


The data for this report are derived from the 2010 U.S. Census and from the 2009 American Community Survey. The 2010 Census provides population counts for Hispanic origin sub-groups. The 2009 American Community Survey provides detailed geographic, demographic and economic characteristics for each group.


Accompanying this report are profiles of the 10 largest Hispanic country-of-origin sub-groups, based on the 2009 American Community Survey. An interactive graphic analyzing country-of-origin data among the nation’s 30 metropolitan statistical areas with the largest Hispanic populations is also available. The 10 demographic profiles and the metropolitan area interactive graphic can be accessed at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.


The report, “U.S. Hispanic Country-of-Origin Counts for Nation, Top 30 Metropolitan Areas,” authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center and Daniel Dockterman, Research Assistant, Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website.

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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CLEAR YOUR MIND OF WORRIES This Weekend With A Latin American Wonder

CLEAR YOUR MIND OF WORRIES this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?
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Change.org Calls for Immediate Moratorium on Secure Communities Program- sign petition here

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

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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. Even though Isaura only called the police to protect herself, she was quickly targeted for deportation under a program known as “Secure Communities,” or S-Comm.

Isaura is just one of the tens of thousands of immigrants in the United States who reports crimes to the police. They are put at serious risk by S-Comm, the controversial deportation program that forces collaboration between local police and federal immigration agents.

This is one reason why Illinois has pulled out of the program—and why communities in Maryland, New York, and California are challenging it. It’s also a reason why Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey demanded a thorough investigation into the program. And why the federal government is finally preparing one.

Given all the controversy, it’s unbelievable that this mass deportation program is still spreading across the country, with new programs taking root every month.

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network has already gathered 2,500 signatures on its Change.org petition demanding a moratorium on the so-called “Secure Communities” program, at least during this pending investigation. Will you add your name now?

Luckily for domestic violence survivor Isaura Garcia, a host of great organizations went public with her case, and she no longer faces deportation.  Still, Isaura worries – and rightly so—that many other women stuck in violent situations like hers will be forced simply to bear the abuse rather than run the risk of being banished from their families in the U.S.

Not only is this unjust, but it makes entire communities less safe when residents are afraid to turn in criminals and work with the police to solve violent crimes.

Stand with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and sign the petition on Change.org calling for an immediate moratorium on the dangerous S-Comm program:

 

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SaturdayMay 28, 2011