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.
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.
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.
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.