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Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:27pm
Secure Communities, the Obama administration's favored immigration enforcement program, has a track record that includes the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens. Antonio Montejano, for example, was held for four days after an arrest stemming from his children's handling of store merchandise. He remained in custody despite repeatedly proclaiming U.S. citizenship and arrived back home to his worried 8-year-old son, who asked "'Dad, can this happen to me too because I look like you?'"

ACLU Lens: Leaked Secure Communities Task Force Report Shows Program's Many Flaws

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:07pm

A task force report released today on the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities reveals the program's many problems — namely that it has led to the deportation of thousands of immigrants with no criminal records and undermines…

How the Obama Administration Can Turn its Human Rights Promises into Concrete Action Against Racism

How the Obama Administration Can Turn its Human Rights Promises into Concrete Action Against Racism

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:53pm

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, an occasion when all nations of the world resolve to increase their efforts to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and promote human rights.

Here in the U.S.,…

California's Opt-Out: The Burden of S-Comm on U.S. Citizens in California

California's Opt-Out: The Burden of S-Comm on U.S. Citizens in California

By Tiffany Tiffany Mok, ACLU California Legislative Office at 6:17pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of five blogs in a series focusing on firsthand experiences with Secure Communities from across the country.

Most graduate students are known to spend nights in numerous places — libraries, cubicles…

Keep  New York Out of S-Comm

Keep New York Out of S-Comm

By Udi Ofer at 3:45pm

Editor’s Note: This is the last of five blogs in a series focusing on firsthand experiences with Secure Communities from across the country.

In June 2011, New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo suspended our state’s involvement…

ICE's Mess in Massachusetts

ICE's Mess in Massachusetts

By Laura Rotolo, ACLU of Massachusetts at 5:42pm

Over the last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has played out a miniature version of its catastrophic national strategy on Secure Communities in my home state.

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

By Johnny Barnes, ACLU of the Nation's Capitol at 3:39pm

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. city council rejected Secure Communities, saying they would not allow the DHS to federalize the D.C. police department.

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