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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

President Obama: End S-Comm Now

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.



President Obama wants to force police officers in every state to act like immigration officers. Tell Obama: End S-Comm Now!

Click below to automatically sign your name to the petition


Dear Presente.org member,

After hitting a record MILLION deportations, the Obama administration just did the unthinkable: Forcing states and police departments to comply with a controversial program called Secure Communities or S-Comm – a move guaranteed to deport many more millions of people.

S-Comm is a highly criticized federal program that is deporting immigrants who have done nothing wrong, encouraging racial profiling, devastating communities around the country, and making us all less safe. In fact, under S-Comm authorities can deport a woman reporting domestic violence, instead of protecting her.1 Huge immigrant states like Illinois and New York opted out of the program because it breeds distrust of the police – and now President Obama is forcing them to comply. 

We need a massive outcry—and fast—if we are to stop this disastrous program. Clicking below will automatically add your name to the petition asking President Obama to end S-Comm.

Clicking here will sign your name to the petition asking President Obama to end S-Comm

Our petition reads: Your decision to force all localities to enroll in Secure Communities (S-Comm) is anti-democratic, and will further devastate our communities by placing innocent immigrants in deportation and breaking trust between police and immigrants. We demand that you terminate the S-Comm program immediately!

Under the Obama Administration, ICE and DHS have gone out of their way to mislead the public about Secure Communities.2 And despite rhetoric about supporting fair immigration reform and relief for our communities, their actions are speaking much louder than their words.

Now they are poised to force local officials to make this situation even worse. Until recently, the Obama Administration used to sign agreements with states, cities, and towns regarding whether or not these localities wanted to enroll in S-Comm. But when local governments started to say they didn’t want the program, the Obama administration changed their own rules. Last Friday, they ended agreements with 42 states, claiming that local permission wasn’t needed to force every local police department into the program by 2013.3

If we don’t do something about it, S-Comm will come to every neighborhood in the country—including yours! The Obama administration has already deported more than 1 MILLION people, more than any other administration in history.S-Comm will bring about even more devastating consequences. Click below to automatically add your name to the petition asking President Obama to end S-Comm.

Clicking here will sign your name to the petition asking President Obama to end S-Comm

We’ll start by compiling these signatures and delivering them to the President and the media. We’ll work with immigrant rights organizations, state-based groups, and law enforcement to educate the public and help organize a major pushback on the administration’s dangerous move. 

When local police start enforcing federal immigration law, local communities lose trust in their officers, and that makes us all less safe. Tell Obama that you don’t want S-Comm in your community and that it’s not right for him to force this program on us.

Click here to automatically sign your name to the petition asking President Obama to end S-Comm

Thanks & ¡Adelante!

Favianna, Kyle, Felipe, Roberto and everyone else from the Presente.org team.

References:

1. “Domestic Violence Survivor Confronts Secure Communities Director, Deport Nation, 11/08/2010
http://www.deportationnation.org/2010/11/domestic-violence-survivor-confronts-secure-communities-director/

2. Judge Orders More Secure Communities Documents Release, Mario Solis-Marich, 7/11/11
http://www.mariowire.com/politics/2011/07/11/breaking-judge-orders-more-secure-commuinities-documents-released/

3. Adding Fuel to S-Comm Controversy, Change.org, 08/05/2011
http://news.change.org/stories/adding-fuel-to-s-comm-controversy-dhs-scraps-over-40-local-agreements

4. Rep. Gutierrez Arrested Outside The White House, Washington Post, 7/26/2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/44/post/rep-gutierrez-arrested-outside-the-white-house-while-protesting-immigration-policy/2011/07/26/gIQAKspPbI_blog.html