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Urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to End the New York Secure Communities Agreement.
Our country faces a crisis of mass detentions and deportations that violates our notions of fairness and justice.
Through programs such as Secure Communities (S-Comm), the Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is colluding with local law enforcement to use the criminal justice system as a dragnet to deport immigrants. Between 1995 and 2009, the number of immigrants thrown into our deportation system increased more than eightfold. Often sent to remote detention centers, most immigrants are forced to defend themselves without loved ones, information, or even lawyers to help them navigate the deportation process. Meanwhile, their families and communities are deprived of support systems and breadwinners. New York should not tolerate its residents to be unjustly taken from their homes and communities.
S-Comm endangers our communities, violates our rights, diverts state financial resources and encourages racial profiling. S-Comm also offends common values of liberty, due process and justice.
Thank you for your continued support.