Comunidades Seguras generan ‘terror’ – IMPRE

Programas como Comunidades Seguras tienen “errores fundamentales”, son aplicados con “desproporción” y “dañan la credibilidad” de las agencias federales de seguridad de EE.UU. ante los inmigrantes, criticaron diversos grupos activistas. El programa Comunidades Seguras y otros como el 287g, que persiguen a inmigrantes con antecedentes penales, suponen que cualquier detención o contacto con la policía por parte de un inmigrante pueda causar que se remita de manera inmediata información a la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE). En algunos casos, estos procesos pueden culminar en la deportación. “Esto ha generado un estado de terror” en comunidades con alto número de inmigrantes indocumentados, aseguró Adelina Nichols, directora de un grupo latino de derechos humanos en Georgia. – IMPRE 03.01.2012

Los Angeles: Jornaleros en contra de Comunidades Seguras

Así como la Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) planea descontinuar el programa 287(g) de cooperación con departamentos de policía locales en Estados Unidos, ed de la misma forma centenares de miembros de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros (NDLON) reclamaron el fin del programa Comunidades Seguras (S-Comm) y punto final a la “cacería” de inmigrantes por parte del alguacil del condado de Los Angeles, Lee Baca. “Alto a la Poli-Migra”, “Alto a la represión”, “Fin a Comunidades In-Seguras” fueron las consignas de los aproximadamente 200 manifestantes que recorrieron las céntricas calles de esta metrópoli. “El sheriff [Lee] Baca tiene que decidir si quiere servir a todo el mundo o a la Administración Obama y a Janeth Napolitano [secretaria del DHS]”, dijo a AOL Latino, Pablo Alvarado, director de NDLON. “Él se oponía anteriormente al programa 287(g) y se negaba a deportar a los inmigrantes. – AOL Noticias 02.22.2012

DHS suspends expansion of Se Communities in Alabama

Due to ongoing federal litigation against Alabama’s controversial tough new immigration laws, see DHS has halted the expansion of the Se Communities immigration program in the state. Speaking before the House Homeland Security Committee last week about DHS’ latest budget request, case Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakersthat Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) already has three quarters of the state covered under the program, “but given the pendency of the litigation, we decided to just hold off on the remaining quarter.” The contentious Alabama immigration law passed last June includes several strict measures such as requiring schools to check the immigration status of students, prohibiting illegal immigrants from doing business with the state, and barring individuals and organizations from willingly aiding illegal immigrants. – Homeland Security News Wire 02.22.2012

Ammiano Remarks to Los Angeles Rally Against S-Comm

This bill reforms the impact of S-Comm in California. S-Comm has been devastating to immigrant communities. It also has not made anyone safer. Instead, mind S-Comm destroys TRUST between immigrant communities and local police, and unfairly burdens local governments.

The TRUST Act brings national attention to the movement, spearheaded by NDLON, to “uncover the truth” about this dangerous program. The Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York all announced last Spring that they demand to “opt out” out of S-Comm as a whole. California also must push back against this deeply flawed program.

This reform is needed more than ever because California is leading the country in the number of deportations under this program. But together, we can turn California into “leader” in challenging these deportations

Minnesota becomes twenty-seventh state to fully join Se Communities

Last week Minnesota joined the controversial federal immigration program known as Se Communities, site while critics continue to blast the program. Minnesota is the twenty-seventh state fully to join the now mandatory program designed to share fingerprint information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under Se Communities, all fingerprints from individuals detained by local and state authorities are automatically scanned and sent to ICE to determine their immigration status. – Homeland Security News Wire 02.16.2012