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Pass the SF Due Process for All Policy

Jeff Adachi | Posted 11.24.2013 | San Francisco
Jeff Adachi

As San Francisco's Public Defender, I've witnessed first-hand how S-Comm has damaged public safety and sabotaged efforts both to defend innocent people wrongly accused of crimes and to rehabilitate people with longstanding ties to the community.

U.S. Citizen Sues After Being Mistaken For Undocumented Immigrant Under Secure Communities

Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices

A Chicago-area U.S. citizen is suing the feds after he was reportedly held for two months in a maximum security prison when he was misidentified as an...

Dear Secretary Napolitano: Suspend Secure Communities

Ali Noorani | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Ali Noorani

Secretary Napolitano has her work cut out for her if she truly wants her department to sidestep discriminatory practices and restore an ounce of credibility to Secure Communities.

Divisive Immigration Pilot Program Coming To Denver

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.09.2011 | Denver

The Department of Homeland Security's contentious 'Secure Communities' program may soon have a friendlier cousin, pending a successful six-week pilot ...

Jorge Luis Macias

Immigration Activists Call For End Of Secure Communities Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Jorge Luis Macias | Posted 10.18.2011 | Latino Voices

LOS ANGELES -- On Thursday, the Obama administration announced the Department of Homeland Security would begin a case-by-case review of 300,000 deport...

Thanks to ICE, Families Are Under Threat This Mother's Day

Nahal Zamani | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Nahal Zamani

On Sunday, countless people across the country will honor the women and mothers in their families. For many, however, Mother's Day will be a tragic re...

Local Officials Say They Were Duped Into Federal Deportation Program

latimes.com | Lee Romney and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Under the program, fingerprints of all inmates booked into local jails and cross-checked with the FBI's criminal database are now forwarded by that ag...

Colorado Immigration Issues Take Center Stage This Week

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Immigration issues are set to take center stage in Colorado this week, as state and local governments weigh in on several controversial national issue...

Dishonesty Is Not the Best Policy, Neither Is Secure Communities

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Alvarado

When the Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency's "Secure Communities" program, David Venturella said, "Have we created some of th...

Bill Ritter Considering Modifications To Secure Communities Program

KDVR | Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is considering possible changes to a growing federal program that uses fingerprints to catch illegal immigrants....

Flip-flopping About a Bad Policy

Margaret Huang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Margaret Huang

Last week, the Arlington County (Virginia) Board sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security (DH...

Local Immigration Enforcement, Coming Soon to A City Near You

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

It's official: Cities have no way to get out of Secure Communities, the Obama administration's fastest growing local immigration enforcement program, a disappointing end to months of confusion over whether localities could opt out.

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

This is the sort of human story that lies behind the deportation numbers the Obama administration bragged about this week. The indiscriminate deportation machine is undercutting the promise of reform.

Deportation Fears Stress Colorado Immigrant Families

Colorado Springs Independent | By Marc Weidenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In past years, Sandra Hernandez, executive director of the Colorado Springs nonprofit Centro de la Familia and a licensed clinical social worker, spe...

'Secure Communities' Fingerprint Initiative Draws Ire Of Immigrant Groups

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The federal government is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing oppositio...

Can Cities Really Opt Out of Secure Communities?

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Secure Communities is touted as a voluntary partnership that strengthens "efforts to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the U.S." Some cities looking to opt out of this "voluntary" program found their hands tied.

ICE Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever... or Are They?

Andrew Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Becker

As the rhetoric heats up this political season, the right has hammered the White House for being soft on immigration enforcement while the left has slammed Obama and ICE for being too tough

ICE's Misplaced Priorities: The Numbers Speak for Themselves and the Stories Cry out for Justice

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

This past Wednesday, Jessica Colotl was released from the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama and allowed to reunite with her family back in Cobb Count...

The Real Problem With Arizona's Immigration Law? We've Heard It Before

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Federal officials in recent weeks have publicly opposed SB1070, Arizona's now-infamous immigration law. Department of Homeland Security Secretary (and...

Immigration Enforcement: The Growing Federal-Local Battle

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's federal-local partnership programs continue to proliferate -- but they may undermine local approaches to immigration enforcement.

Transfers Imminent as Varick Street Immigration Detention Center Set to Close

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close its 300-bed facility at Varick Street in Manhattan is of great concern to immigrant rights advocates.

Protestors Agitated, ICE Responded - and a Haitian Immigrant is Released from Detention

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene M. Roberts

The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that Temporary Protected Status - and suspension of deportation - would be granted to Haitian ...

Mission Creep in Immigration Enforcement

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Through a series of poorly conceived programs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has hijacked state criminal justice systems. It lets even arrests based on racial profiling be a direct route to deportation.

The Faces of Detention and Deportation: Jean Murat Montrevil

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Instead of expending its resources to deport immigrants like Jean Murat Montrevil, ICE should exercise its discretion to grant Deferred Action.

The Least of These: Family Detention in America

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Given the financial and other challenges of housing families in detention centers, Obama should consider more 'civil' alternatives available, such as releasing families into the community.