New Authoritative National Report Condemns “Secure” Communities Program

08/17/2011
Angela Chan, Asian Law Caucus; Angie Junck, ILRC; B. Loewe, NDLON

National Leaders, Experts, and Victims of S-Comm Conclude Program Should Be Ended

08.16.2011 Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, along with Northern California organizations Asian Law Caucus and Immigrant Legal Resource Center, made public an authoritative report condemning the so-called “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program and recommending its termination.

The release comes on the heels of a major protest in Los Angeles yesterday against the program, which is facing significant opposition nationwide for undermining public safety and operating without transparency or local oversight.  Meanwhile, a Northern California Community Forum on S-Comm, planned for August 27th in Oakland, will bring together community organizations and political officials from throughout the region to discuss how to end S-Comm in California.

The report includes expert testimony from San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey, University of San Francisco law professor Bill Ong Hill, former District Attorney of New York Robert Morgenthau, heads of law enforcement, and victims of S-Comm like Isaura in Los Angeles whose 911 call for help resulted in her deportation proceedings.

The report recommends that the program be terminated, that the current Office of Inspector General investigation of S-Comm be expanded to other, related programs, that the Department of Justice begin its own investigation into the mysterious role of the FBI in Secure Communities, and that states not be compelled to share biometric data with ICE.

The following statement can be attributed to the National Community Advisory Commission:

“This report confirms what immigrant communities have long known. The program called Secure Communities results in the opposite. Entangling local police in immigration enforcement is not just bad policy as the experts testify. Conscripting local police into immigration enforcement has provoked a massive civil rights crisis our country now faces. The only suitable approach is to end Secure Communities.”

The Commission includes:

American Friends Service Committee, Project Voice New England, Asian Law Caucus, CASA de Maryland, CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Detention Watch Network, Grassroots Leadership, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Rights Working Group, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, We-Count!

The report is available at http://altopolimigra.com/s-comm-shadow-report/

Background on S-Comm is available at www.uncoverthetruth.org and in a press brief at http://ndlon.org/pdf/scommbrief.pdf