Meng and Rivera on Secure Communities
June 1st, 2011
Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Sen. Gustavo Rivera are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in the Secure Communities program. Both asked Cuomo to consider ending participation in the program last month. Cuomo is clearly scoring major points with progressives (a group he has neglected up to this point) by making this move.
Here is their joint statement:
“We are proud to stand with Governor Cuomo today as he announced the suspension of New York’s participation in Secure Communities, a controversial partnership between immigration officials and local law enforcement that has come under scrutiny at a national level for straying from its intended purpose of deporting dangerous criminal immigrants. While Secure Communities is intended to focus on the deportation of dangerous criminal immigrants, 79% of those deported nationwide under this program had no criminal record.
We applaud Governor Cuomo for acting on the evidence that has accumulated over the last few months that indicate that Secure Communities is not fulfilling its stated mission as well as evidence that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have misled elected officials in New York and throughout the country.
Governor Cuomo has shown his commitment to public safety by taking issue with a program that would deter victims and witnesses of crimes from coming forward because of fear of being deported. If New York had continued to implement a very flawed Secure Communities program throughout the state, and especially in New York City, it would have led to the routine separation of immigrant families as well as the widespread distrust of law enforcement in immigrant communities throughout the state, creating a public safety crisis for communities like the ones we represent.
Governor Cuomo has proven to be a leader on the issue of public safety at a national level by forcing the federal government to reexamine whether Secure Communities is actually making our communities more secure, not only here in New York, but throughout the country. We are committed to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo to promote policies that actually make our communities more secure.”By David King on June 1, 2011, 5:04 pm
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