Organizational Sponsor: NDLON
Action Link: http://bit.ly/optoutnow
Type of Action: Online Petition/Letter
|Description of Issue|
On July 2010, a Chinese immigrant in California called the police for help in a domestic violence case, but instead of receiving the help she needed, she was arrested.
Pursuant to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program known as Secure Communities (or S-Comm), her fingerprints were immediately sent to ICE and she was transferred into ICE custody even though no charges were filed against her.
Unfortunately this type of injustice is not isolated, this is happening every day in over 600 counties across the country as a result of this rapidly spreading, dangerous police/ICE collaboration program. Please join us in demanding that counties be allowed to opt out of S-Comm by signing a petition to Secretary Janet Napolitano. Sign the petition at bit.ly/optoutnow
Under S-Comm, local law enforcement automatically shares with ICE any fingerprints taken right after individuals are arrested, even if the criminal charges are eventually dismissed or if it’s the result of an unlawful arrest. This secretive program is roping in local law enforcement to execute ICE’s goals of arresting, detaining, and deporting immigrants in record numbers while destroying any trust from immigrant communities in local law enforcement in the process.
Secure Communities has sparked inspiring opposition. Arlington, Virginia; San Francisco, California; and Santa Clara, California are all requesting to get out of the program. But now Secretary Napolitano wants to coerce these and all counties into participating.
Join advocates from all over the country in fighting against this unjust program!
Click on this link to sign a petition demanding that Secretary Napolitano immediately allows counties to opt-out of S-Comm: http://bit.ly/optoutnow.
· Arab Resource and Organizing Center