‘Secure Communities” is a national immigration enforcement program that targets noncitizens who are arrested by the police. On June 5, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “switched on” the program in the District of Columbia.
In response, the Mayor and the District of Columbia passed laws and policies to limit ICE’s cooperation with District of Columbia law enforcement agencies, such as the DC Metropolitan Police or the Department of Corrections. These laws and policies will protect DC residents from aggressive immigration enforcement and ensure that District local law enforcement agencies focus on public safety, not federal immigration enforcement.
How do these policies protect you?
Council Plans Protections to Ensure Bright Line Between Law Enforcement and Wrongful Immigration Policy
Washington DC: On Monday elected officials and community members came together to denounce the forced activation of the controversial “Secure Communities” federal deportation program in District of Columbia. At the press conference, councilmembers also pledged their commitment to enact the Immigration Detainer Compliance Act that will mitigate the impacts of the “Secure Communities” program.
The act would limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement's use of District facilities and equipment and also narrows S-Comm’s deportation dragnet by only responding to immigration detention requests for individuals who are over 18 and have been convicted of a dangerous crime. The Act which, which was unanimously co-sponsored by all DC councilmembers, builds upon the Mayor’s Order 2011-174 (October 19, 2011) which prohibits all public safety agencies from inquiring about individuals’ immigration status or transmit information about immigration status.
NDLON Calls On Sheriff to Follow Chicago Example, Stop Responding to ICE's Request for Extra Incarceration of Peaceful Immigrants
04.10.2012 Los Angeles, CA
In response to the Independent report released yesterday that exposes that more people in LA County jail are transferred to Immigration than to state prison, Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement calling on the Sheriff to immediately suspend voluntarily holding peaceful immigrants in extended incarceration at ICE's request: