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April 14, 2011
Petition Against "Secure Communities"

Atlas is working in unison with other other organizations with similar service populations in order to end “Secure Communities” in New York state. S-Comm would result in even more New Yorkers coerced into an unjust detention and deportation system.

Background information:
Last year, New York State signed an agreement to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) permission to partner with police in order to deport people through a fingerprinting program called “Secure Communities.” Under S-Comm, local police run the fingerprints of all arrestees through immigration databases so that immigrants can be tagged for deportation. This program undermines trust in the police. It makes us all less safe when community members are afraid to cooperate with local police investigations. Even worse, S-Comm violates our rights with threats of increased racial profiling. Hence, S-Comm is perpetuating insecure fear within the immigrant community, and threatening the civil liberty of all peoples.

ICE uses programs like S-Comm as a dragnet to deport immigrants. 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 cannot tolerate its residents getting torn from their homes and community. Governor Cuomo has the power to protect New York’s immigrants and to stop the destruction of our families and communities.

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The Petition reads as follows:

Stop S-Comm in New York!

Governor Andrew Cuomo,

Our country faces a crisis of mass detentions and deportations that violates our notions of fairness and justice.

Last year, New York State signed an agreement to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement the green light to partner with police to help deport people through a fingerprinting program called “Secure Communities.” Under S-Comm, local police run the fingerprints of all arrestees through immigration databases so that immigrants can be tagged for deportation. This program undermines trust in the police. It makes us all less safe when community members are afraid to cooperate with local police investigations. Even worse, S-Comm violates our rights with threats of increased racial profiling and deprives us of the fundamental principles of liberty guaranteed in the Constitution.

ICE uses programs like S-Comm as a dragnet to deport immigrants. 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 cannot tolerate its residents getting torn from their homes and community. Governor Cuomo, you have the power to protect New York’s immigrants and to stop the destruction of our families and communities.

We ask that you, Governor Cuomo, immediately end New York’s Secure Communities agreement.

[Your name]

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