A day before the Texas House is set to vote on a bill that would ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” law enforcement officials from across the state lined up Thursday to oppose the legislation.
A program that is central to President Obama’s strategy to toughen enforcement of immigration laws is facing growing resistance from state governments. Late Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois said he was pulling his state out of the program, known as Secure Communities, the first time a state has sought to withdraw entirely.
State House Republicans turned their backs on owners of small businesses in Colorado this week when they decided to support a bill that would make already struggling entrepreneurs de facto immigration police.
Milton Ivan Salazar-Gomez has lived in Utah since his parents brought him here when he was 10 months old. His two children are U.S. citizens. And he’s afraid he’ll be busted by a police officer who won’t know the feds have cleared him, not to be a citizen, but to be here legally. For now.
Michael Hennessey, San Francisco’s sheriff, has a captivating (and compassionate) piece in the San Francisco Chronicle today, making the case against a much-loved GOP immigration enforcement strategy better know as the Secure Communities Program.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren called for an investigation into federal immigration practices, noting that ICE and DHS has forced local police departments into participating in the Secure Communities Program — an ICE-agency program designed to identify undocumented immigrants, prioritize them based on what kind of crime they’ve committed (if any), and process them for deportation.
Last Friday at an event sponsored by NDN, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano made an outrageous comment in defense of the controversial Secure Communities program (you can watch her address here). When challenged to explain why a program targeting serious criminal offenders is sweeping up so many non-criminal immigrants, Napolitano responded:
It looks like there was no crime committed, but when you go in and look at the arrest plot, why were they getting fingerprinted to begin with? There was a crime there.
The Washington Post’s editorial praising the Secure Communities program (“How to improve an immigration status check,” March 20th) glossed over some very important details. If the program was targeted at actual criminals, it wouldn’t be so controversial and police agencies wouldn’t be asking to opt-out.
There is growing concern that the federal 287(g) and “Secure Communities” programs, which puts local law enforcement officers on the front lines of enforcing federal immigration laws, are actually making communities less secure.
The nation’s top cops say that making them check the residency status of suspects will set back years of trust-building in communities of color.