After weeks of sustained organizing and over 6,300 Change.org members petitioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has officially quit the so-called "Secure Communities" program. The controversial deportation program will formally be suspended in every county across New York State!
In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Governor Cuomo's administration stated that an initial review had called into question the implementation and intended effects of the rapidly-expanding program.
It is truly a great day for New York, for the thousands of Change.org members who took action, as well as for the hundreds of faith leaders, community advocates, police officers, and elected officials who sent letters to the Governor in opposition to the so-called "Secure Communities" program in New York State.
Join the fight in New York State against the unjust deportation system, and demand that Governor Cuomo end the S-Comm program immediately.
Last year, New York State gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the green light to partner with police through a federal fingerprinting program called “Secure Communities," or S-Comm, a program plagued with controversy. S-Comm encourages racial profiling, undermines community trust in the police, and puts tens of thousands of people into an unjust deportation system each year. Even victims of domestic violence!
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn just announced that his state would quit the S-Comm program after a months-long investigation, which revealed deep concerns over the way that immigrants were being targeted and families split apart. Now, New York state legislators and advocates are pressuring Gov. Cuomo to immediately do the same.
The good news is that we can still stop S-Comm in New York State before it gets implemented statewide!
Don't let New York tear our families and communities apart. Sign your name to tell Governor Cuomo to end New York's "Secure Communities" agreement immediately!