Imagine having to choose between getting deported or getting beaten by your husband -- it's a choice no woman should ever have to make.
Yet, when a San Francisco resident named Norma called the police after being battered, they arrested both her and her spouse. After being fingerprinted at the local jail, Norma was placed into deportation proceedings under the so-called “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) program that is spreading across the country at breakneck speed.
S-Comm already has two huge strikes against it. Not only can it deport victims of violence, but federal officials apparently misled members of Congress and local officials about their ability to withdraw from the program. That’s what led Representative Lofgren and Senator Menendez to call for an investigation into S-Comm and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to call for a moratorium on its expansion.
The gulf between what S-Comm claims to do and what it actually does just pushed the Governor of Illinois to terminate his state's contract with the feds. Now, with members of Congress and the Governor of Illinois saying enough is enough, we have reached a critical moment to stop this devastating program.
Even the New York Times Editorial board is saying, "Mr. Obama and the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, should heed the growing calls by lawmakers in California, Illinois, New York and other places to abandon Secure Communities to preserve public safety.
Sign the petition to tell the Obama administration and Janet Napolitano to immediately launch an investigation and enact a moratorium on the so-called "Secure Communities" program.
It's time to put S-Comm on ICE!
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