DHS to Expand Controversial Se Communities Program

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the budgetary request to complete the enlargement of the controversial Se Communities program as part of “smart and effective enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.” She outlined Department of Homeland Security priorities for the 2013 fiscal year during an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Napolitano said DHS’ 2013 budget “includes funding to complete nationwide deployment” of the Se Communities program in fiscal 2013, which ends Sept. 30, 2013. – Fox News Latino 03.10.2012

Immigration rights groups urge FBI advisory board to end Se Communities

In light of Justice Department investigations of civil rights violations at some local police departments in the last few months, view a coalition of immigration rights groups has asked an FBI policy advisory board to eliminate the controversial Se Communities biometric identification program. The March 8 letter was sent by groups, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), Muslim Legal Fund of America, and more than 75 other groups, to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. The groups said the FBI’s APB Working Groups meetings coming up in August as should consider the Arizona and Connecticut investigations in deciding how to proceed with the program. – Government Security News 03.10.2012

Immigration Official: ‘Draconian’ To Suspend Program Over Racial Profiling Investigation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said Thursday that the agency has no plans to suspend a controversial program that gives police authority to detect undocumented immigrants, even in jurisdictions under investigation for racial profiling. “From our perspective that is a fairly draconian step, and we’re very concerned about the public safety implications of not identifying serious offenders who would otherwise be released to the streets,” Morton told a House of Representatives subcommittee on homeland security. ICE has remained staunchly committed to the Se Communities program, despite opposition from many immigrant-rights groups, lawmakers and law enforcement offices. And even though the agency, partnered with the Department of Justice, is investigating whether local police are engaged in racial profiling, the administration of President Obama plans to move ahead at the same rate to implement the program nationwide. – Huffington Post 03.09.2012

Arpaio Settles into Political Mental Ward – National Review

Republicans who have chosen to associate with the birthers have done their party and their country a disservice. And as Sheriff Arpaio settles comfortably into that political mental ward, ask the same must be said of those Republicans who choose to associate themselves with him more broadly. Those who cannot distinguish between the birthers’ flim-flam and the critical questions that face our nation in 2012 will not win and do not deserve to. – National Review 03.08.2012

Saúl Linares es uno de los nuevos miembros de la junta directiva de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros.

http://www.noticiany.com/noticia/18114/13/jornalero-de-hempstead-es-reconocido-a-nivel-nacional Saúl Linares es uno de los nuevos miembros de la junta directiva de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros.   Linares: “En los próximos dos años tenemos por delante una lucha gigante”.   Eliana López En octubre del año pasado, s Saúl Linares, un jornalero salvadoreño miembro de la organización Centro de Derechos Laborales (CDL),…

Propuesta Pro-Inmigrante, Trust Act, en Massachusetts – Univision

Organizacion empieza a preparar propuesta de ley en pro de los derechos de inmigrantes con miras a que esta llegue a Beacon Hill.

Tras introducirse formalmente el proyecto de ley anti-inmigrane sb 2061 en la casa estatal la semana pasada, organizaciones como Centro Presente se preparan para proponer una medida en pro de los inmigrantes la cual llevaria el nombre de “Trust Act” o Acta de Confianza. “El principal elemento que contiene es el de detener las deportaciones de aquellas personas que sean detenidas por el servicio de inmigracion y aduanas y que unicamente hayan cometido faltas menores, aparte de otros elementos simbolicos como el reconocer la humanidad, las contirbuciones positivas, economicas, politicas y culturales que la comunidad inmigrante dan a nuestro estado.”

80+ Organizations Call on FBI to End Facilitation of ICE’S “Se Communities” Deportation Program

Groups Demand FBI Address Concerns from Governors and Other High Level State and Local Officials that Program Undermines Public Safety

          Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and over 80 other civil and immigrant rights organizations sent a letter to the FBI demanding that it end its facilitation of ICE’s Se Communities deportation program (S-Comm).

 

            The letter charges that S-Comm threatens public safety, encourages racial profiling and undermines community policing by turning local police departments into gateways to deportation. Under S-Comm, the FBI takes all fingerprints submitted by local police for criminal background checks and automatically forwards the prints to federal immigration officials, regardless of whether individual has been convicted of a crime or of the severity of the charge.