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WNYC News

Despite Opposition, NY Joins Fed’s Secure Communities Program

Monday, May 14, 2012

Politicians and immigration advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to demand that the Department of Homeland Security halt the activation of a contentious immigration program known as Secure Communities, which goes into effect in New York City on Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Controversial Immigration Program to Be Activated in NY Next Week, Sources Say

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fingerprints collected by the New York Police Department and submitted to the FBI will be shared with immigration officials once a controversial federal program opposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and other city officials is activated in the state next week, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official.

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WNYC News

Feds Gave 'Conflicting' Answers on Controversial Immigration Program: Report

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Federal officials provided “unclear and conflicting responses to inquiries and concerns” related to the federal immigration program known as Secure Communities that Governor Andrew Cuomo opted out of last year, according to a new report.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Enforcement Detaining American Citizens in Error

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

According to new figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the third year in a row. Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke to Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa about an investigation into detention centers and deportation proceedings. She explained that some of the individuals picked up by immigration enforcement are, in fact, legal immigrants with green cards. 

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WNYC News

US Deports Record Number of Undocumented Immigrants

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Obama administration deported a record number of undocumented immigrants for the third consecutive year, according to data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Task Force Critical of Secure Communities Program

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A task force created to recommend improvements to a federal immigration program presented a critical report this week, saying the program, Secure Communities, has had an "adverse impact" on community policing and caused confusion at the state and local level.

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WNYC News

New York Works Too Closely With ICE, Critics Say

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Luis was sleeping in his Harlem home when police arrested him on charges of second-degree murder in September 2007. Today, all charges against the college student have been dismissed, but now Luis faces possible deportation to his native Mexico, after his immigration status became known to federal authorities upon arrival to Rikers Island Correctional Facility.

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WNYC News

New York Can't Opt Out of Fingerprint Sharing With Feds, Officials Say

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fingerprints taken at the local level will continue to be shared with the Department of Homeland Security as part of a controversial federal immigration program despite Governor Andrew Cuomo's calls to end the practice, according to federal agencies.

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The Takeaway

The New Normal in Immigration Policy? Alabama Passes Stricter Regulations

Friday, June 10, 2011

Alabama has become the latest state to enact very strict new immigration policy.  The new law, signed by Governor Robert Bentley, is said to be the most severe in the country, including Arizona’s controversial SB1070. The new Alabama law will require public schools to verify the immigration status of all elementary and secondary students and will bar enrollment to illegal immigrants seeking to attend college.

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WNYC News

Suffolk County Exec Rips Cuomo for Suspending Secure Communities

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was suspending New York State's participation in a controversial federal immigration program Secure Communities, Suffolk County Police's spokesperson said the program would remain in effect there.

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It's A Free Country ®

Latinos Give Paterson a Report Card: Good, But Not Good Enough

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

If Governor David Paterson was applying for a job and the Latino community was hiring, his resume would be considered adequate, but not impressive, with one particularly weak point: Secure Communities.

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WNYC News

Legal Dominican Immigrant to be Deported for 28-Year-Old Crime

Friday, October 29, 2010

With the United States deporting more immigrants than ever before -- almost 400,000 over the past year -- some of New York's elected officials and immigrant advocates are trying hard to draw attention to cases that, to them, seem blatantly unjust.

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It's A Free Country ®

Fear Over Secure Communities: More Immigrants Will Be Lost in Detention System

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez has announced that he will introduce a Council resolution calling on Governor Paterson to remove New York from the controversial immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

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WNYC News

More Protests Planned Against 'Secure Communities'

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WNYC

Immigration advocates and local elected officials are keeping the pressure on Governor Paterson to withdraw New York from participating in 'Secure Communities,' a national program that would allow police to share fingerprint information with federal authorities.

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WNYC News

Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

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