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This month’s show focuses mainly on the activation of DHS’s Secure Communities in New York State. We will also continue to look at detention conditions and efforts to not only bring awareness, but to ultimately shut these awful places down. The Secure Communities program was fully activated in New York State on May 15th 2012, almost a year after the New York State Working Group Against Deportation (NYSWGAD) campaigned heavily to stop activation in 2011 and actually did get Gov. Cuomo to reject it.
News and Annoucements
As part of their History studies, a group of twenty 11th grade students at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies visited Families for Freedom. We helped break down the “Crimmigation system” which is the crossroads of the Criminal and Immigration system and explain the work we do. Our conversations focused on these questions: How do people maintain their dignity within an oppressive society? What are the most effective and humane ways to make positive change in our communities, society and world at large?

On the day before Father’s Day, Families for Freedom’s Youth Committee along with adult nembers and allies will hold our annual vigil to raise awareness about American kids whose families are ripped apart due to the federal government’s draconian deportation policies.

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Findings raise serious concerns about violations of detainees’ human and constitutional rights The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia released a comprehensive report on conditions of detention for immigrants in Georgia titled: “Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia.”
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On May 15th the ICE Deportation Program "Secure Communities" S-COMM went live in New York and Massachusetts despite massive opposition. In the days following, the town of Amherst passed a resolution against Secure Communities that states, "Municipal employees of the Town of Amherst, including law enforcement employees, shall not monitor, stop, detain, question, interrogate or search a person for the purpose of determining that individual's immigration status." adding: “ Officers shall not inquire about the immigration status of any crime victim, witness or suspect unless such information is directly relevant to the investigation.”
WHAT: Immigrants and advocates will hold a rally to condemn Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s activation of “Secure Communities” in New York and other states. ICE is moving forward with S-Comm despite widespread criticism of the mass deportation program and its harmful impacts on communities. The fundamentally flawed fingerprint-sharing program will further entangle police in immigration enforcement and push even more immigrants into the unjust detention and deportation system.

Join Families for Freedom along with many allies and immigrants  to condemn Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s activation of “Secure Communities” in New York and other states.

Defeating ICE Hold Requests

The Guide to Defeating ICE Hold Requests is a manual for communities to understand how immigration enforcement works, and to engage with local law enforcement and policy-makers to pass laws and policies against hold requests.  When someone is booked into a local jail, on any charges, ICE issues a hold request to that jail, asking to keep the person locked up for an extra 48 hours so that ICE can come get them and deport them.  These hold requests are the functional tool that underlies Secure Communities, 287(g), and the Criminal Alien Program.  If communities refuse to submit to ICE hold requests, then immigrants who are released from jail are able to go back home to their families, instead of being snatched away to immigration detention and deportation.  The Guide provides information and advice for organizers and communities to understand the links between local law enforcement and ICE and to change those relationships.


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