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Coalition Denounces Secure Communities Activation in New York

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York City  (Friday, May 11, 2012)

Coalition Denounces Secure Communities Activation in New York

Department of Homeland Security Announces May 15th S-Comm Activation

Secure Communities, the widely discredited Department of Homeland Security program that requires states to identify immigrants for deportation, is expected to be activated across New York State, including in New York City, on May 15.

Nearly a year ago, Governor Cuomo announced his opposition to activating Secure Communities in the state; the governors of Massachusetts and Illinois also opposed the program. They were joined by law enforcement officials, other public officials, domestic violence groups and others across the country who recognized that the program undermines public safety by compromising the trust between police and the communities they serve; gives rise to racial and ethnic profiling; and fails to achieve its purported goal of targeting threats to public safety for deportation, instead casting a wide dragnet that serves primarily to ramp up deportation numbers.

In spite of the widespread criticism of the program and calls for either reform or termination, the administration has continued to defend the program and accelerate its roll-out, disregarding the serious concerns Governor Cuomo and others have raised about it.

The following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

"It has been clear from its inception that this program undermines our safety and infringes on our civil rights. And evidence of its fundamental flaws has only continued to mount. We now know that Latinos are disproportionately arrested by ICE through Secure Communities, the program has an adverse impact on community policing, and states and localities around the country do not want it in their communities. And yet the criticism goes unheeded by the administration. Simply put, the President and Secretary Napolitano must stop the rapid rollout of this fatally flawed program."

On Monday, May 14th at 11am, Chung-Wha Hong of the NYIC will be joining City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Daniel Dromm and Ydanis Rodríguez; and Javier Valdes, co-director of Make the Road New York, at a press conference on the steps of City Hall to denounce the implementation of Secure Communities. The press conference will be followed by a rally outside of 26 Federal Plaza from 12pm to 2pm.

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About the New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

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