Aumentarán los arrestos a inmigrantes. Foto Javier Castaño

Las autoridades podrán detener a los inmigrantes, tomarles las huellas digitales y deportarlos. Por eso activistas y políticos de Queens se reunen este miérocles en Corona para estudiar los efectos de este nuevo proceder de La Migra (ICE).

No se ha informado a la comunidad de los efectos y consecuencias que este proyecto de ICE tiene en la comunidad. La reunión informativa es este 6 de octubre a las 7 PM en la escuela publica PS 19 en la 98-02 Roosevelt Ave. Corona.

Esta nueva estrategia del gobierno se denomina “Comunidades seguras” y es parte del plan de seguridad nacional. La reunión ha sido planeada por varias organizaciones comunitarias y asistirán políticos electos de la zona.

Concerned Community Members and Elected Officials Gather to Discuss Impact of Initiative that Would Encourage Racial Profiling in New York

On October 6th at 7PM a coalition of Queens-based organizations will hold a community forum at P.S. 19 (98-02 Roosevelt Ave., Corona) for neighborhood residents to address their concerns about the new Secure Communities program (S-Comm) directed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Under S-Comm, local law enforcement agencies are required to forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric identification system. Police then transfer those suspected of being deportable into the detention and deportation system.

Secure Communities will funnel thousands of New Yorkers into the black hole of immigration detention and deportation with almost no opportunities for relief.  It encourages racial and ethnic profiling as police target perceived immigrants for arrest, knowing they will end up in ICE custody or deported.  Heavy costs from the program will be imposed on New York state; according to federal officials, S-Comm would “dramatically increase” the number of people held in detention for civil immigration violations without the money to sufficiently do so.

The program was put into place on May 18, 2010, when the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ICE without any public input. ICE plans to have S-Comm implemented in every state by 2013. If the MOA is signed in Queens, it will become federal law in community.

The forum is intended to raise awareness about the pending implementation of the Secure Communities and allow community members and local elected officials the opportunity to raise concerns about the negative affect it could have on our communities.  While the memorandum has been passed at a State level, counties have the option to opt-out of the program.

“We hope that through the forum both community members and elected officials will be committed to a campaign to op-out of the Secure Communities program” says Andres Garcia, Worker’s Rights Organizer and Advocate at New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE).

“We cannot let this program take place in our city, for it will lead to detentions and deportations that will destabilize our communities,” said City Councilman Daniel Dromm.

The October 6th event is supported by a coalition of Queens organizations including the Alianza Ecuatoriana Internacional, Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP), Queens Community House and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Jumaane D. Williams will be at the event. We are still awaiting confirmation from Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and State Senator Jose Peralta who have expressed their support of the campaign against Secure Communities. Congressman Ackerman has also been invited.