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Secure Communities Over in New York

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A major blow to the Obama Administration's efforts to force this program on every state in the country. New York joins Illinois and Washington and Minnesota are probably next. California is a possibility as well.


Folks, we have a new Mason-Dixon line forming with red states like Arizona and Mississippi passing laws reminiscent of Jim Crow in their efforts to make life as difficult as possible for immigrants in their states while blue states like New York and Illinois are making it clear that they are welcoming and not interested in fostering divisions in their populations.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    I observe three basic approaches. One is deterring violation of law (making illegal presence inconvenient) and cooperating with federal enforcement. Another is not doing much if anything to help enforce the law but not actively interfering with enforcement. The third is facilitating violation of law (making illegal presence as easy as possible) and intentionally hindering enforcement.

    Congresswoman Nydia M. Vel?zquez said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for showing the leadership and foresight to suspend this misguided program, which does not reflect New York's long history as a welcoming home for newly arrived immigrants.

    Translation: Having a border and enforcing immigration law is not welcoming. Illegal immigration should not just be condoned but greeted with pleasure.


    State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Chair of the Latino Caucus of the Senate, said, "Governor Cuomo's decision to end the so-called Secure Communities program in New York will restore rights and justice to countless immigrants across the state.

    The right to violate immigration law with impunity? If an arrested person's fingerprints show they are in violation of an immigration law or order, that should simply be ignored? What other violations should be ignored? What right is violated by checking a record? Not enforcing immigration law is considered "restoring justice" because any form of enforcement is considered unjust. The law itself is unjust.

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    Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said, "For centuries, families have gone to great lengths to come to this great nation, and we owe it to ourselves and our neighbors to make sure the law is on their side.

    "On their side" = what? No accountability to law it sounds like. We owe it to ourselves to make sure the law is on OUR side, not just "their side". Such a perspective is typical of anti-enforcement extremists.

    Props to some of these "immigration rights activists" for not even bothering to cite various non-ideological excuses for opposing enforcement of immigration law and just admitting they are against immigration law itself. At least they are honest. As for the excuse makers, if you are against every single form of enforcement of immigration law, you might be against the law itself and an open border radical. Not being up front about your true agenda makes you look deceptive and ashamed of your position but I can see why you do it as unlimited immigration is extremely unpopular. The longer this "against everything" pattern goes on, will anyone other than the most gullible believe the anti-enforcement groups and individuals who call for "comprehensive immigration reform" (which includes enforcement) are going to suddenly support the types of enforcement they currently fight tooth and nail? More and more, it is presumed they are bargaining in bad faith (e.g., "The Democrats just want new Democratic voters". In the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court decision, the promise of future enforcement offered in the grand bargain can be achieved now, albeit incrementally, without making that sucker's bet. Thus, no political impetus for amnesty.
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: The Department of Homeland Security confirmed to HuffPost that it will continue to use fingerprints from New York for immigration enforcement, based on its agreement with the FBI.

    "When it comes to enforcing our nation's immigration laws, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is focusing its limited resources on those in our country illegally who have also broken criminal laws," a spokeswoman for ICE, part of DHS, said in a statement. "Secure Communities is a critical part of this approach and is an information sharing partnership between two federal agencies - ICE and the FBI."
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    "I observe three basic approaches. One is deterring violation of law (making illegal presence inconvenient) and cooperating with federal enforcement. Another is not doing much if anything to help enforce the law but not actively interfering with enforcement. The third is facilitating violation of law (making illegal presence as easy as possible) and intentionally hindering enforcement".

    Why should State and Local Governments spend resources that clearly they do not have to put a patch on the broken Immigration system just to please the Antis and extremists like you Jack. The clearly are stating that they have issues with the program, they never said that they do not want to enforce the law, but clearly they understand that Immigration is a Federal issue and a s such the federal government should deal with it and not impose on them.
  4. Apapa's Avatar
    I am appalled by the lack of BASIC leadership with regards to the federal immigration reform. States are coming up with whatever they want, and then the bills/laws are getting challenged by courts, etc etc. It is waste of public tax dollars. If you don't want to acknowledge the fact that there will not be any federal reform or you don't have what it takes solve this issue, at least tell the states not to waste time and valuable money with any of these bills, and continue the lip service. And we wonder why the BRIC nations are moving ahead after the recession while the US is still finding hard to put its feet on the path of growth. World economic dynamics are changing - with special contributions from the "leadership" here!!! Citizens should demand results NOW!!!
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