Defend DC Families Against Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions
  • Petitioned Mayor Vincent Gray

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Mayor Vincent Gray
Mayor Vincent Gray

Defend DC Families Against Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions

    1. Petition by

      NATIONAL DAY LABORER ORGANIZING NETWORK

Dear Mayor,

Thanks for opposing Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "in-Secure Communities" deportation program (S-Comm) last year. Because of you and the Council's leadership, DC was the first city in the nation to reject S-Comm. We set off a national movement by denouncing a program that would destroy families, increase racial profiling, and damage community policing by deterring residents to report crime for fear of police and deportation.

Now that the federal government wants to impose the program on DC unilaterally, we need your leadership again. We urge you to issue a new Executive Order to modernize existing policies that protect DC residents against harmful federal immigration enforcement actions.

Please defend our diverse communities and our shared belief that we are truly One City by taking immediate action on this issue.

Sincerely,

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    Reasons for signing

    • Wendy DeMegret ARLINGTON, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      As a member of the Arlington Coalition to opt out of the Secure Communities program, I looked to the District''s more progressive position. It is alarming to hear that local law enfocement there with be engaged in immigration, thereby undermining its primary function to protect the safety of communities. One consequence is that immigrants will fear reporting or witnessing crimes.

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    • Stephen Vandivere CENTREVILLE, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      I would sign a petition like this for any city, but DC is in a special leadership position.

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    • Marisa Martineau FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      Because our country needs comprehensive immigration reform, and Secure Communities is a step in the wrong direction.

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    • Jane Collins COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      I am signing this because many in this country forget that we are all immigrants--except Native Americans. We were welcomed without papers, so why do we now immigrants treat differently. There is no difference between the immigration back then as is now--people were trying to find a better life. Although some of us were forced to come here via slavery. The majority of immigrants are hard working people who just want to provide for their families.

      And they do not take our jobs, they do the jobs that many refuse to do, thinking we are better than that. Stop the immigrant deportation and start treating immigrants the way they should be as human beings.

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    • Kirsten Wittkowski WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      Because Secure Communities does not leave our communities safer; it breeds fear, mistrust, hate, and racism, and tears apart families that are vital members of those communities. Although I don't currently live in the District I work here and spend much of my time here -- and if Secure Communities is imposed on our city then I will feel much LESS secure living and working here.

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