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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced significant changes to Secure Communities(S-Comm), the department’s signature immigration enforcement program. Starting Friday, DHS will unilaterally rescind Memoranda of Agreement with 42 states that authorized fingerprint information sharing with DHS under the flawed S-Comm program, stating that such agreements are unnecessary. This latest announcement makes clear that S-Comm is an unfunded, mandatory program imposed on states despite intentionally misleading assertions by DHS to the contrary.  DHS also announced it will continue to unilaterally implement S-Comm in existing jurisdictions and expand the program across the country.

S-Comm has been the subject of significant community outcry in recent months. DHS’s announcement comes shortly after several states, including Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts, attempted to opt-out of the program by rejecting the Memoranda of Agreement their states currently have with DHS. Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

“The Department of Homeland Security has clearly shown that its regard for rules, community safety, and transparency take a backseat to using S-Comm, a fundamentally flawed program, to advance its mass deportation agenda. Since the program’s inception, the program’s rules of engagement have shifted to fit DHS’s needs, and not the needs of our communities.

A program that was once voluntary has become mandatory, and a program that was sold as customizable to address community concerns has become a one-size-fits-all mandate.
“DHS has chosen to ignore the reams of evidence proving that S-Comm has become a virtual dragnet that ensnares members of the immigrant community and places them directly in the deportation pipeline and dismiss the concerns raised by communities across America. Instead they will unilaterally engulf the country in a program that will undoubtedly sever the tenuous tie between immigrant communities and local law enforcement and endanger us all.”

Nora Preciado, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, added, “Today’s announcement continues a pattern of deception that has shattered any modicum of confidence that the immigrant community may have had with DHS. The Obama Administration must end this disastrous program before it is allowed to wreak more havoc on communities from Los Angeles to New York.”

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    •  This is a HIT & RUN diary (0+ / 0-)

      If you look at the comment history for this author they never respond to questions or post comment on any other diaries here at DKOS.  All you see is series of diaries and tip jars, that's it nothing more.  We should let them know that this is not the type of engagement we expect.  The real surprise is that they have TU status :-(

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:26:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  who is the Senate chair of DHS? (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh yeah, fucktard Lieberman (I-Assholeville).  It looks like Obama is doing everything he can to shit on the groups that could really get behind his re-election.  He sat on his hands and piddled away the potential enthusiasm of the LGBT comm'ty while waiting to undo DADT, lost fundraising and lost votes that could have improved Democratic chances in '10.  Don't think Latino voters pay attention to this shit? Dems shouldn't play around with that, they should be working their asses off to get the Latino vote, not pissing in their faces and shitting on their families.

  •  No links?? (0+ / 0-)

    Your diary reads like a conspiracy theory. Post some links to some credible news sources. This reads like a rant.

  •  Do you have links for any of this? Some news (0+ / 0-)

    article or press release or public statement?

    I don't doubt that what you say is true. I just want the source to understand better how this is being authorized.


    Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -- Harry S Truman

    by YucatanMan on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 11:56:25 AM PDT

  •  True Colors ?? (1+ / 0-)
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    You start out with a "scare headline" about "Mass deportations", and go on to froth at the mouth even more - all with no more substance than the latest whispered rumor.

    What colors are YOU showing ?

    Incidentally, those who are here illegally should have no expectation of remaining here indefinitely-any more than one of our citizens could expect to do as he/she liked in the homelands of our undocumented visitors.

    I would hope DHS would have some slight preference for the red,white,and blue of those who fund their paychecks.

    •  It has been widely reported that (0+ / 0-)

      deportations under Obama have been running at about 2x the rate as under the preceding Administration.

      Of course, that's not enough to squelch the idea that he's soft on immigration.

      •  O will be "soft on immigration" no matter what (0+ / 0-)

        One thing that we all need to realize is that it doesn't matter what Obama says or does.  No matter what good comes from his policies and even no matter how far to the right he goes in the name of negotiation and "post-partisan-ship", he will be attacked by the Republicans, the movement conservatives, their patrons in the business community, and their lackeys in the media.

  •  just google DHS and "secure communities" (0+ / 0-)

    in the news. This isn't invented.

    No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace.

    by Miep on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:34:06 PM PDT

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