Detention Watch Network Commends Governor Cuomo for Suspending New York’s Participation in the Secure Communities Program #altopolimigra
For Immediate Release
June 2, 2011
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Detention Watch Network Commends Governor Cuomo for Suspending New York’s Participation in the Secure Communities Program
Washington, D.C. – The Detention Watch Network (DWN) applauds New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his recent decision to suspend the state’s participation in the Secure Communities Program, a federal immigration enforcement initiative that has come under fire in recent years for not only failing to meet its own stated goals, but for undermining public safety, encouraging racial profiling, and feeding a decidedly broken immigration detention system.
“Enforcement programs like Secure Communities have torn apart countless families across the country, funneling people who pose no threat to public safety into a detention and deportation system rife with abuse,” said Andrea Black, Executive Director of DWN. “We hope that the governor’s decision encourages other states to take similar steps toward putting a permanent end to this destructive program, which has done more to violate the due process rights of immigrants than it has done to make our country a safer place.”
Governor Cuomo’s decision makes New York the second state to announce its intention to suspend Secure Communities, following Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who said in May that his state would withdraw from the program.
In light of growing opposition to Secure Communities and other failed enforcement programs, DWN calls on the Obama Administration to:
- Publicly oppose and terminate all programs setting up partnerships between local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- Reassert federal control over immigration law. Programs such as the highly criticized 287(g) program, which was recently the subject of a scathing report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG), have created an environment where laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 can flourish making it clear that local police should have no role in enforcing federal immigration law.
- Call for immediate reforms to ensure the safety and well-being of those in immigration custody, including enforceable standards governing detention conditions, with meaningful independent oversight of Department of Homeland Security and the creation of cost-effective community-based alternatives to detention.
The Detention Watch Network is a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to educate the public and policy makers about the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for humane reform so that all who come to our shores receive fair and humane treatment. For more information visit www.detentionwatchnetwork.org