Obama’s flagship immigration enforcement program faced criticism from coast to coast on Tuesday.
First The New York Times ran an editorial titled “Resistance Grows” that supported Massachusetts for joining Illinois and New York in rejecting Secure Communities. “We welcome the votes of no-confidence in Secure Communities,” read the NYT op-ed. “The message is clear and growing louder: Mr. Obama and the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, need to try something else.”
Then in California, the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to pass a resolution supporting a state bill known as the TRUST Act, which will ensure “local governments may unilaterally opt-out of the Secure Communities program at the discretion of their local legislative bodies.”
To keep track of these latest developments Deportation Nation has launched an interactive timeline of Secure Communities that will be regularly updated. It starts when Congress first allocated funds for the program and it went into effect in 2008 in Boston, MA, and six North Carolina and Texas counties. Promoted as a technological solution for sharing local arrest data with federal immigration agents looking for dangerous criminals, it has functioned as a much broader dragnet.
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