New Report: Restore Community, End #SComm
DWN staff and member groups recently participated in a report commission* made up of national and community-based organizations that have witnessed the impacts of S-Comm on their communities.The commission just released an authoritative report on the massive deportation program, Secure Communities.
Across the country today, groups are releasing the report in their communities and delivering it to local officials. Unlike the current DHS appointed taskforce that was convened to water down the wildfire of opposition, the report compiles testimony from experts, law enforcement, and the voices of the people victimized by S-Comm themselves. After reading it, one can draw only one conclusion. It’s time to end S-Comm.
The report contains stories like Susana’s from Illinois who was placed into deportation proceedings under the pretext that her car ‘touch[ed] the yellow line’ on the road. Now she waits for her court hearing which may separate her from her 5 year old daughter. She writes,
“[My daughter] cried while I was gone, she cried because she knew I was with the police, she knew I was in jail and that there was nothing she could do. My only wish is to remain with my daughter in our home and to keep working so that I can provide a great life for her.”
Major newspapers, governors, local elected officials, and communities across the country are all demanding an end to the in-Secure Communities program. It’s time to Restore Communities and end S-Comm.
* The report commission consists of:
- American Friends Service Committee – Project Voice New England
- Asian Law Caucus
- CASA de Maryland
- CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
- Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
- Detention Watch Network
- Grassroots Leadership
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Jobs With Justice
- National Day Laborer Organizing Network
- National Immigrant Justice Center
- National Immigration Law Center
- National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild
- Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
- Rights Working Group
- Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
The recommendations in this report represent the views of the commission members, and do not necessarily represent the views of all contributors featured in this report.