Protesters: 287(g) Policy Erodes Trust – KUHF

“We feel that there’s enough evidence to show that these programs damage communities and so, we wanted to put those concerns before the sheriff, and ask him to desist from this effort to give credibility to the 287g program.”          She claims the law empowers local law enforcement — trained by federal immigration authorities — to intercept, interview and hold foreigners, who are suspected of being in this country illegally. “Our concerns deal with the fact that 287(g) has been a very harmful program to communities.” – KUHF 02.29.2012

ICE director seeks compromise on Cook County immigration ordinance

Working behind the scenes, the head of the country’s immigration enforcement agency has offered to pay the costs of holding suspected illegal immigrants who are arrested for other crimes in Cook County, part of an effort to get county officials to reconsider their refusal to cooperate with federal detention requests. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton has harshly criticized a Cook County ordinance that orders the sheriff’s office to ignore ICE detainers and release illegal immigrants who have been jailed on other charges after they’ve posted bail. County officials have said the measure is partly related to the costs of keeping suspected illegal immigrants locked up.

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

DHS budget proposes discontinuing 287(g) in some jurisdictions

A fiscal year 2013 budget brief released by Homeland Security today has some details on the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement priorities, and one of the losers is the federal-local partnership known as 287(g). The administration is proposing a budget reduction of $17 million up front, try and the document suggests a gradual phase-out in favor of Se Communities, which is described as “more consistent, efficient and cost effective.” – Multi-American 02.12.2012