File #: Res 1262-2012    Version: * Name: U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reverse its position that the Secure Communities program will be activated nationally by 2013.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Immigration
On agenda: 3/28/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reverse its position that the Secure Communities program will be activated nationally by 2013, and to respect states like New York that have taken actions to rescind their participation in this program.
Sponsors: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Margaret S. Chin, Daniel Dromm , Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Brad S. Lander, Annabel Palma, Diana Reyna, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
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Res. No. 1262
 
Resolution calling upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reverse its position that the Secure Communities program will be activated nationally by 2013, and to respect states like New York that have taken actions to rescind their participation in this program.
 
 
By Council Members Mark Viverito, Chin, Dromm, Ferreras, Lander, Palma, Reyna, Rose, Vann, Williams and Rodriguez
Whereas,  Secure Communities  is one of the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement ("ICE") programs which, through an information sharing model, uses fingerprints to identify and ultimately deport certain undocumented immigrants; and
Whereas, The Secure Communities program was implemented in 2008, under the pretense to only removing the most dangerous, criminal, and undocumented immigrants and allowing states the option to withdraw from the program; and
Whereas, As of 2011, the Secure Communities program is active in approximately 1,048 jurisdictions in 39 states; and
Whereas, In May 2010, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services entered into a Memorandum of Agreement ("MOA") with ICE to implement the Secure Communities program throughout New York State; and
Whereas, According to ICE's data, since implementation of the Secure Communities program in New York, more often than not, immigrants apprehended by ICE, who have no criminal convictions were deported; and
Whereas, New York City is home to approximately three million immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, and may fall victim to this program; and
Whereas, The Secure Communities program has contributed to the 400,000 immigrants who were deported in both 2009 and 2010; and
Whereas, Advocates, elected officials, and the immigrant community oppose the Secure Communities program and question its practices and motives; and
Whereas, In December 2010, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly stated that the Secure Communities program may compromise the relationship between the immigrant community and local enforcement agencies; and
Whereas, In response, on June 1, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's termination of the MOA with ICE, thus, suspending the Secure Communities program and making New York only the second state in the nation to do so; and
Whereas, During the same period, ICE notified states that terminating the MOA would have no effect on their operations and that they planned to activate the Secure Communities program nationally by 2013; and
Whereas, It is important to protect, promote, and strengthen the relationship between immigrant communities and local enforcement agencies; and
Whereas, A program that may deter immigrants from reporting crimes to local enforcement agencies will only jeopardize the public safety for all; and
Whereas, ICE should respect states like New York, who have rescinded their participation in the Secure Communities program; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reverse its position that the Secure Communities program will be activated nationally by 2013, and to respect states like New York that have taken actions to rescind their participation in this program.
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3/21/12