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Letters and Statements: S-Comm & Related Programs


Letter to President Barack Obama suggesting measures that his administration should take during his second term (PDF)

"We are deeply concerned by the way the Department of Homeland Security has carried out immigration enforcement during your first term. Even though unauthorized immigration crossings and apprehensions at the border have plummeted to their lowest level in 40 years, immigrants have suffered immensely as a result of record-breaking deportation rates. Tens of thousands of families have been separated by deportations and border regions have experienced excessive and wasteful spending resulting in unnecessary buildup of infrastructure, technology and personnel." The letter is endorsed by 275 organizations, including NILC, and is dated Dec. 20, 2012.

Letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton (PDF)

From civil rights and policy groups expressing concerns about the newly established advisory committee that will advise on ways to improve the Secure Communities program, July 20, 2011.

NILC letter to Dept. of Homeland Security Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties demanding moratorium on Secure Communities (PDF)

"Though we appreciate OCRCL's . . . willingness to work with advocates, this process as a vehicle for addressing civil rights and civil liberties concerns with Secure Communities is grossly inadequate. The Secure Communities program is fundamentally flawed and should be halted until flaws have been resolved." The letter is dated April 6, 2011.

Letter to President Obama Demanding End to Merger of Immigration & Criminal Justice Systems (PDF)

NILC joined 500-plus organizations in drafting and signing a letter demanding that President Obama end the merger of immigration enforcement with criminal justice. The Sept. 29, 2010, letter presents proof that the administration's increased reliance on local law enforcement to arrest, detain, and deport immigrantshas exacerbated existing problems in the criminal justice system.

Statements and Comments

Statement of the National Immigration Law Center, Hearing on Border Security and Enforcement: Department of Homeland Security’s Cooperation with State and Local Law Enforcement Stakeholders” (PDF)

Submitted to the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, May 3, 2011.

Comments on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Draft Detainer Policy (PDF)

"The undersigned organizations welcome . . . [ICE's] recognition of the need to issue formal guidance regarding the use of detainers. . . . Detainers are a request that [law enforcement agencies] notify ICE when . . . arrested noncitizens will be released from custody, so that ICE may assume custody within a . . . 48-hour period during which the [agencies] may continue to detain them. Detainers are the linchpin of programs such as 287(g), Secure Communities, and the Criminal Alien Program, which increasingly intertwine the state criminal justice systems with federal immigration enforcement."

Statement of the National Immigration Law Center, Hearing on "Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy" (PDF)

Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, submitted by Tyler Moran, Federal Policy Director, and Elizabeth Mauldin, Policy Attorney, June 24, 2010.