Do you know about the Secure Communities Program that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is implementing?
Do you want to know how this Program is affecting immigrant communities?
Do you want to take action and support a campaign that seeks to educate people about the effects of this Program on the immigrant community?
Come to Centro Presente and participate in an informative session about the Secure Communities Program.
When: Tuesday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Centro Presente
Who: Centro Presente
Supported by American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the American Friends Service Committee Project Voice.
This federal program, under the direction of ICE, requires local law enforcement to cross-check digital fingerprints of anyone they arrest against a federal database to evaluate the arrested person's immigration status. If ICE determines the arrested person to be undocumented, that person will be detained by ICE and processed for deportation.
ICE claims that Secure Communities targets undocumented immigrants who have been arrested for felony offenses, but the program doesn't explicitly say that non-felony arrests are exempt from the program. This opens the door for local law enforcement to arrest people they suspect of being undocumented to cross-check fingerprints against the ICE database.
In other words, Secure Communities encourages the same racial profiling and fast-track to deportation that SB 1070 does.
The program will help the Obama administration reach its goal of deporting 400,000 immigrants this year.
For more information please contact:
Patricia Montes- Centro Presente- 617 629 4731 ext. 211