The Department of Homeland Security held a press conference today spinning recent immigration enforcement data. In response, Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
"Broken immigration laws should not be multiplied.
In an effort to score political points, Obama Administration immigration enforcement initiatives have imperiled community safety, separated families, eroded hard-earned civil rights protections, and created a domestic human rights crisis.
This administration can not continue to have it both ways: it can not simply blame Congress for inaction while ramping up enforcement of unjust status quo laws.
It is a travesty that Secretary Napolitano continues to use her home state of Arizona as a blueprint for DHS policy."
Chris Newman, NDLON's legal director and general counsel added:
"We will continue to litigate our Freedom of Information Act request to uncover the truth about programs like Secure Communities. Both the left and the right should unite in their opposition to programs that have been deployed in secret and expanded the net of Department of Homeland Security with immeasurable impacts on basic civil liberties. S-Comm is a bad idea, it has been deployed with deception, and jurisdictions are increasingly saying 'no thanks' to the program. Secretary Napolitano's home state of Arizona has proven why it's dangerous to use local police as 'force multipliers' to amplify broken immigration laws. It's time for a public debate about whether we want use local police to enforce federal civil law codes."
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images. Caption: WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 06: Harris County, Texas Sheriff Adrian Garcia (2R) talks about the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program during a news conference with (L-R) Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton October 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Morton said that almost 400,000 illegal aliens had been removed in fiscal year 2010, half of whom were convicted criminals. Napolitano also announced that the Secure Communities program is in 660 jurisdictions and that ICE has audited more than 3200 employers suspected of hiring illegal laborers.
This data indicates that ICE deported 197,000 non-criminal family members last year. Obama's administration has beaten Bush's immigration deportation records.
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