the legal team at Casa de Maryland, the first organization to help Bolaños. Gonzalez said cases like this make communities think that they shouldn’t call the police for help.
The Secure Communities program matches the fingerprints of all arrestees against a federal immigration database to determine whether they have outstanding deportation orders or are in the country illegally. If someone is arrested and booked, even if the charges are later dropped, his or her fingerprints will end up in these databases and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be notified. ICE maintains that it is focused on arresting dangerous criminals and prioritizing the most serious crimes over minor offenses. However, it doesn’t always happen this way. A recent analysis of ICE's own data showed that at least 28 percent of those processed under the program were not guilty of any crime; they were simply undocumented immigrants.
ICE recently released 15,000 documents and internal memos about its management of the program following a legal battle led by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, according to the organization’s director, Pablo Alvarado.
“They haven’t told the truth with respect to this program,” he said.
The case of women who have been victims of domestic violence is unique, not only because they have the right to immigration benefits – although many times they don’t know this – but also because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tried to implement measures to identify these women, although the program is so wide-reaching that this has been difficult.
At the urging of activists, DHS created a list with thousands of names of women who have received domestic violence benefits or are applying for them and have been approved.
"ICE isn’t supposed to touch these women, but with programs like 287(g) or Secure Communities, ...
Álvarez believed that words have power
Every year on October 2 thousands of Mexican students pour into the streets of México City, marching from Tlatelolco (the Plaza of Three Cultures) through the historic city center downtown, to the main plaza, the Zócalo. They're remembering the hundreds of students who were gunned down by their ...
México City march demands justice for students
“Take this.” Doña María passes the color photo of one her four missing sons to a young woman standing beside her and takes a life-size silhouette of a missing student into her hands. “They are all our sons,” she explains.
As do so many mothers and fathers throughout México, she knows the pain ...
Aspects of climate change are unquestionable
Out of the thousands of signs carried by the 400,000 participants in the People´s Climate March in New York City recently, there were two that really stayed with me. One read: “Mother Earth is not a merchandise,” and the other: “End environmental racism!”
Both define well the Latino community’s ...
Clarifying visions of the American dream
In a recent interview, noted author and essayist Richard Rodríguez shared his views on the American dream with Sandy Close, Executive Director, New America Media. He says we are now living two American Dreams: the one "transformative," gaudy even, the other "diminished" and "less ambitious." ...