ICE Programs

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Join us this Wednesday, May 15, at 9am for a press conference on the steps of City Hall, calling for an end to discriminatory policing tactics like Stop-and-Frisk and the collaboration of police and ICE through Secure Communities. End S-Comm and Stop-and-Frisk!
The NYPD'S controversial racial profiling program Stop & Frisk combined with ICE's federal deportation program "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) puts our communities at increased risk of detention and deportation. Over 400,000 people, a record number, were exiled from the U.S. last year -- S-Comm played a key role. Join us at 9am at 500 Pearl street, Coutroom 15C and 1pm at 500 Pear Street, outside the courthouse.
In the Media
August 24, 2012
GADSDEN, Ala. -- The serpentine Coosa River once brought people and goods aplenty to this pretty Southern town, known first for its riverboats and later for its rubber and steel plants. But those times are mostly a memory. The city has struggled since the 1980s. Plants shuttered, and industry moved abroad. Many jobs shifted into the service sector. Then, in the late 1990s, a tide of immigrants flowed into Gadsden, delivering an unlikely economic boost. The essential revenue they generated came not from their work in fields, factories or hotels, however, but from their presence in the county’s jail cells.
News and Annoucements
“The Penalty is Exile,” is a special episode of " The Prison Radio Project" which airs on WGXC Community Radio Station in Hudson, NY. It features interviews with Families for Freedom and many of our allies and explores the history and current reality of immigration enforcement -- 400,000 immigrants are deported a year.
News and Annoucements
On July 23rd Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, and New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic released the report: Insecure Communities, Devastated Families: New Data on Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in New York City. In the wake of growing deportation programs such as the recently-activated “Secure Communities” initiative, this new report sheds light on the precise ways in which current detention and deportation practices are wreaking havoc on New York City immigrants and their communities. The deportation system is devastating families by not only threatening to exile their loved ones, but also often forcing immigrants to fight their cases for years while locked up in far-away immigration jails. To view some of the articles and videos that came out about the report click links

Widespread Denial of Justice for New Yorkers Facing Detention and Deportation, New Report Finds US Immigration Authorities Seen Terrorizing City’s Immigrant Community

Insecure Communities, Devastated Families: New Data on Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in New York City

New York City is home to over three million foreign-born residents. Yet, immigrant New Yorkers have been forced to struggle with the harsh realities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) operations in their city for years—families broken apart by midnight raids, parents of U.S. citizen children sent to far-away detention facilities in Texas and Louisiana and held without bond, immigrants arrested after a “stop-and-frisk” encounter with the NYPD, only to find themselves thrown into a pipeline that sends thousands of New Yorkers from Rikers Island to ICE detention every year. This report compiles comprehensive data obtained by a FOIA request filed by Families for Freedom and Immigrant Defense Project. It reveals the devastating affects that ICE's enforcement operations have had on the city and their widespread terrorization of immigrant communities.


ICE Programs
News and Annoucements
The activation of Secure Communities (S-Comm) last month basically put New York City in the same category as Arizona, whose recent law, SB 1070, is regarded as the most draconian immigration law in the country. That is because in New York City, S-Comm is combined with the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) policy of Stop and Frisk. While NYC police officers cannot ask us our immigration status, they don’t have to; a quick trip to the precinct can give them that information. Today, the police precincts are virtual immigration checkpoints, driving us further into the shadows of a police state.
Radio Show

Show Description

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.