In a recent meeting with La Opinión’s editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticizes the Administration’s implementation of the controversial Secure Communities program. La Opinión quotes:
I understand that this is a program that is designed for a specific purpose, not simply to catch the undocumented but dangerous criminals.
I think what we’ve seen is that the government has been applying the program too enthusiastically, even though they deny it. We know what’s happening in the communities. I think that it’s a waste of taxpayer money.
We couldn’t agree more.
In fact, three other Democrat Governors and key allies of the Obama Administration, Pat Quinn, (D-IL), Andrew Cuomo, (D-NY), and Deval Patrick (D-MA) are on the same page as Pelosi. All three have spoken against the initiative because evidence shows that “Secure Communities” is actually making communities less safe. So have a number of law enforcement leaders, and elected members of Congress, such as Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), both of whom called for an investigation regarding the program. Just today, at a press conference held in Los Angeles, California Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-31), Judy Chu (D-32) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-34) called on Governor Jerry Brown of California to opt out of “Secure Communities.”
Let’s also not forget members of the mainstream (and influential) print media. This recent editorial from the New York Times called out the Obama Administration for its support of the program:
This is a failure of decency and good sense. It merely punishes and does nothing to actually come to grips with the problem of illegal immigration. Resistance has mostly been heard at the ground level, from immigrants and advocates who say families are being split apart, workers frightened and exploited, the American dream dishonored. So it’s good to hear powerful Democrats — Mr. Obama’s friends and allies from large states — telling him that with Secure Communities he has gone way overboard.