MALDEF Response to Secure Communities Program Changes
Reforms are Inadequate to Resolve Program’s Problems
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced long overdue yet still inadequate changes to the Secure Communities program.
Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, issued the following statement in response to today's announcement on the Secure Communities program:
"The reforms of Secure Communities announced by the federal government this Friday afternoon are inadequate to resolve the serious problems with the program. They amount to little more than lipstick on a pig, except that this is a snarling, vicious, and rabid pig that will continue to run rampant and inflict serious damage on families and communities across the nation. The only appropriate step is to quarantine this pig by placing a moratorium on Secure Communities and relying on pre-existing programs that mainly employ post-conviction immigration detainers on serious offenders."
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