Today the Department of Homeland Security announced a move to cancel agreements between states and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the Secure Communities program. According to the Huffington Post, John Morton, head of ICE, stated that “a memorandum of agreement is not required to activate or operate Secure Communities for any jurisdiction.” States including Illinois, Massachusettes and New York, in the recent months, has opted out, but that now means nothing as DHS will make SComm mandatory.
NAKASEC and its affiliates the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago and the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles are appalled and outraged by this announcement to keep the flawed program in practice. DHS is continuing to disregard the concerns of communities and local governments and is going down a spiraling path that is ripping apart families and terrorizing immigrant communities.
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