Justice Department Confirms Civil Rights Abuses in Maricopa County

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it would be terminating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Office 287(g) agreement and restricting its access to the Secure Communities program after a scathing Justice Department report found that the department had been routinely practicing unconstitutional policing. “The Department of Homeland Security is troubled by the Department of Justice’s findings of discriminatory policing... Read More

Round-up: Immigration and Enforcement Systems Under Fire Amidst Record-Number Deportations

On the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement of its latest record-high number of deportations, two television documentaries and a study revealed persistent problems with the nation’s immigration detention and enforcement systems. Meanwhile, Santa Clara passed new guidelines for civil immigration detainers and a Washington D.C. Mayor signed an executive order Wednesday that would prohibit local police from inquiring about... Read More

Secure Communities Reforms Disappoint Advocates

John Morton, ICE Assistant Director Late Friday afternoon in a conference call with reporters, ICE unveiled a list of reforms to its controversial “Secure Communities” program. “We are listening to what people have said, what various state officials and community officials have raised, and we’re tyring to address those concerns head on,” said John Morton, ICE Assistant Secretary. “The announcements we are making today are on the whole... Read More

New Interactive Timeline Tracks Growing Resistance to Secure Communities

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... Read More

Contractor Says ICE Misled States on Optional Enforcement Program, Fuels Federal Investigation

A letter from a former ICE regional coordinator, who was let go for his role in the opt-out confusion, provides more details on the strategy behind the implementation of the Secure Communities program. It was included in a series of letters sent by California Rep. Zoe Lofgren to Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General as evidence for an immediate investigation into the misconduct of immigration officials. ICE contractor Dan Cadman... Read More

Enforcement Desk Round-up: States Push Back Against Secure Communities, More Bills Challenge Sanctuary Cities

Backlash against President Obama’s flagship immigration enforcement program, Secure Communities, has picked up momentum in recent weeks, and sparked new debate on how far the federal government will go to implement the program nationwide with disregard to opposition at the state and local level. Illinois: DHS overrules Illinois’ decision to terminate the program in the state On May 4, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn informed the Immigration... Read More

Congressmember Asks Feds To Investigate Misconduct of Immigration Officials

ImmigrationImpact.com Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has written to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility asking for an investigation into the misconduct of immigration officials who she says misled the public with dishonest information on Secure Communities. At the heart of the debate is whether local jurisdictions and states can opt-out of the controversial program that relies on police... Read More

Update: Internal Docs Reveal California’s Frustration With Secure Communities Expansion, Congresswoman Demands Investigation

*Update: Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has demanded an investigation into the actions of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency, saying that officials were not truthful about whether jurisdictions could opt-out of the Secure Communities program. “You can’t have a government department essentially lying to local government and to members of Congress,” Lofgren told the Los Angeles Times.“This is not OK.” Documents... Read More

Exclusive: A Bottom-Up Look At Secure Communities

Deportation Nation launched Wednesday a new feature in its multimedia section called “A Bottom-Up Look at Secure Communities.” It features an exclusive video interview with Jason Cato, who has been researching the impact of programs like Secure Communities on local police enforcement and immigrant communities they come in contact with. Texas is fully enrolled in Secure Communities, which is a program that relies on police in local jails... Read More

New Resources on Secure Communities from ICE, ACLU

Sometimes you want to go right to the source. That’s why Deportation Nation offers a Library of primary documents. We’ve just added several recent reports on Secure Communities by non-profits and ICE. You can read the documents online, add your comments and highlight them. In the section on “ICE Data, Reports & Audits” we added a March 2011 Memo from ICE Director John Morton on Civil Immigration Enforcement in which he... Read More

Docs Show ICE Had a Different Definition of “Voluntary” for Secure Communities (Audio)

Many of the documents were heavily redacted. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) recently released 15,000 pages of internal documents about whether participation in Secure Communities is mandatory. To learn about the details they reveal, Deportation Nation interviewed Sarahi Uribe of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. She is a plaintiff in the FOIA lawsuit that led to the release of the documents. “We now see that... Read More

Confusion Helped Spread of Secure Communities, Even As Resistance Remains Strong

Many of the released ICE documents were heavily redacted. Newly released records reveal how federal authorities kept altering their stance on whether local police are required to share arrest data with immigration agents, even if they ask not to. “Keeping you in the loop as we progress with always changing policy as it relates to [Secure Communities],” reads a May 2010 email update from an unidentified sender about the controversial program. The... Read More

Report: New Obama Budget Should Cut Spending on Failed Immigration Enforcement

As President Obama prepares to release his 2012 budget on Monday, a new report suggests he should re-evaluate the price tag for two immigration enforcement programs that have failed to meet their mandate. The government spends $23,000 to deport a single immigrant, almost double what it previously estimated, suggests the report from the National Immigration Forum (NIF). It highlights costs associated with identifying, detaining, and deporting non-citizens... Read More

“In Detention” – Jan. 18, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from a 27-year-old college graduate who ran a small construction clean-up company in Arizona until he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction in late summer of 2010. After Yogi (not his real name) was arrested and fingerprinted his information was shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was then transferred from jail to ICE custody because he lacked proper immigration... Read More

Updated: Domestic Violence Survivor Confronts Secure Communities Director

There were several tense moments today when David Venturella, the assistant director of Secure Communities, addressed a room full of immigration advocates at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “This is a tough topic,” Venturella said during his opening remarks. “I understand it elicits a lot of emotion.” At one point, Maria Bolanos, a domestic violence victim who’s call for help led to deportation proceedings, confronted David... Read More

Advocates Try to Speed Release of Opt-out Docs Ahead of ICE Meetings

Three counties plan to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the next two weeks to discuss  how they can opt-out of Secure Communities. But officials say they have no idea what to expect. “I urgently need more information about Secure Communities for my November 8, 2010, meeting with ICE… so I can adequately represent the interests of my constituents,” said San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey. Hennessey’s... Read More

ICE Revamps Site, Continues PR Offensive on Secure Communities

ICE's revamped website, www.ice.gov. Editor’s note: The memo was actually dated June 2010. Another memo was removed from the new ICE website. “This program is revolutionary” Sheriff Bud E. Cox Davis County, Utah ICE has revamped its website, and one of the first things we noticed was a new cheat sheet called, “What Others Are Saying… About Secure Communities.” The guide features 11 testimonials, most of them appear... Read More

Feds Tight-Lipped on Results of Immigration Enforcement

A non-partisan research center recently accused the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) of withholding data about a “controversial aspect of a key responsibility of the federal government: what is it doing and not doing to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.” Their experience is all too familiar. “ICE turned down more than half of what we asked for and gave us no reason,” said Susan Long, co-director of Transactional... Read More

Deporation Nation launches “Story Line,” can you help spread the word?

Theirs is a story that needs to be told. Tens of thousands of immigrants are being arrested by local law enforcement agencies and now face detention or deportation. But their voices are not heard from behind detention walls. We want to change that. We are launching a project to record these stories and post them on the web, adding detainee voices to a critical discussion about the use of local police to enforce federal immigration laws. The “Story... Read More

Counties on West & East Coast Vote to Opt-Out of Secure Communities

Onlookers cheer the Arlington County, VA, board's unanimous vote to opt-out of Secure Communities. Editor’s Update: ICE has since made conflicting comments about whether counties can, or cannot opt-out of Secure Communities. Tuesday marked what could be a historic turning point in efforts to opt-out of Secure Communities now that the process has been outlined by three high-level federal officials. The Board of Supervisors in Santa Clara... Read More

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