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Sign-On Letter: Tell President @BarackObama to End Merger of Criminal Justice & Immigration Systems

August 10, 2010

Dear friends,

We invite organizations and community groups (please, no individual sign-ons at this time) to join us in endorsing an open letter drafted by a coalition of organizations (see below) that calls on the Obama administration to address the dangerous merger of the federal immigration enforcement system with state criminal justice systems.  Your group’s endorsement is needed by Friday, September 3rd.

As a nation, we are finally starting to acknowledge how racial disparities in the criminal justice system are creating and perpetuating racial hierarchy in the United States. However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) increasing reliance upon programs such as 287(g), Secure Communities and the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) to enforce federal immigration laws threatens to undo that progress.  These programs have allowed arrests for minor charges, such as driving without a license and petty theft, to be the gateway to deportation, regardless of whether the criminal charge sticks, opening the door for racial profiling.

Please join us in endorsing the open letter.

We are asking organizations to support this effort. Please distribute this widely.

Click here for a pdf of the letter with footnotes.

Direct Link to Sign-on page: http://bit.ly/9U1J4b

In solidarity,

  • All of Us or None
  • Border Action Network
  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Media Justice
  • Detention Watch Network
  • Families for Freedom
  • Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Grassroots Leadership
  • Immigrant Defense Project
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Justice Strategies
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • Partnership for Safety and Justice
  • Rights Working Group
  • Sentencing Project
  • VOTE Nola
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