The Secure Communities program is dangerously overbroad in nature and likely to sweep in disproportionate numbers of people without convictions. / El programa de Comunidades Seguras es peligrosamente demasiado amplio en su naturaleza y tiene el potencial
Last week, the Inspector General for the US Department of Homeland Security announced an investigation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Secure Communities (S-COMM) program. This announcement comes two weeks after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn terminated the state’s agreement with US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take part in the program. California introduced the TRUST act to limit the program, and as criticism of the program from around the nation mounts.
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) released this statement: “The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition applauded the decision by the DHS Office of Inspector General to launch an investigation of the Secure Communities program. We also applaud US Rep. Zoe Lofgren, ranking Democrat on the House Immigration Subcommittee, for her persistence in seeking and accelerating this investigation.”
Allegations by ICE’s own former contractor add urgency to the Inspector General’s investigation. Dan Cadman had been ICE’s regional coordinator for Secure Communities until ICE abruptly terminated him on March 25, on the eve of The New York Times expose on the agency’s efforts to pressure Cook County, Illinois to sign onto the program. In a letter to Rep. Lofgren, Cadman wrote, “ICE painted itself into a corner and needed someone to blame,” and cited the agency’s “vacillation, policy shifts, and inconsistent public stances.”
In a letter to the assistant director for Secure Communities, Mark Rapp, Cadman added that “DHS and ICE chose to play hardball with my job and my reputation because they felt politically exposed and embarrassed by the questions that arose about Rahm Emmanuel’s [sic] involvement (or lack thereof) in attempting to persuade Chicago and Cook County to participate” in Secure Communities.
“We are heartened by the demand from elected officials and policy makers for accountability regarding the deeply
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