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Don’t Turn Local Officials into Federal Agents

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is telling local officials to implement its “Secure Communities” program. This requires that all people booked into jail be run through a federal database and possibly be turned over to the feds, detained, and deported - even if they have committed no crime.
 
Turning local officials into federal immigration agents harms the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Secure Communities actually makes our communities less safe. King County doesn’t have to support this violation of due process rights. Please tell King County officials to take the lead in our state in rejecting Secure Communities.

Dear Executive Constantine and Members of the King County Council,
 
I am concerned that King County will turn local officials into federal immigration agents under the Secure Communities program. Detaining and deporting people who have committed no crime violates due process and harms the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Implementing this program will make our communities less safe, not more secure.
 
But you don’t have to support this violation of due process rights. A county can choose not to take actions based on the Secure Communities program. King County can decide not to detain people under Secure Communities. I urge you to adopt a county-wide policy of not honoring these “immigration holds.” Such a policy would protect innocent people and confirm King County’s respect for due process and public safety.
 
Signed,
 

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