The Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities Program has led to record numbers of deportations — almost 800,000 — in the past two years. Contrary to the intended purpose of identifying and deporting immigrants “who have been convicted of serious criminal offenses,” ICE's own numbers show that up to a third of all deportees had no criminal convictions.
It is a civil violation for an immigrant to be in the United States illegally; it is not a crime.
Both the State of Illinois and the State of New York have pulled out of this program. Connecticut, via a letter from Governor Dannel Malloy to ICE, should follow suit.
Governor Malloy exhibited true leadership in calling for deferred deportation for local DREAMer Mariano Cardosso. He was also a supporter of CTs own DREAM legislation which he will sign into effect. He should follow that up by standing up for the thousands of families effected by this program.
Help us in asking Governor Malloy to pull out of the Secure Communities Program -- sign the petition!
Secured Communities is touted as a way of identifying and deporting immigrants “who have been convicted of serious criminal offenses." This is not the result. A record 800,000 people have been deported in the past two years and, by ICE's own accounting, up to a third of all deportees had no criminal convictions. We should remember that to be in the United States illegally is a civil violation and not a crime.
New York has recently joined Illinois in pulling out of this program. I'm asking you to do the same for Connecticut and its families.