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New Yorkers Register Concerns with Obama on “Secure Communities”

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NEW YORK - New Yorkers say they got plenty of busy signals on Monday when trying to call the White House to express their opposition to a controversial federal immigration-control program known as "Secure Communities."

Ted Hesson, online editor with the immigrant advocacy group Long Island Wins, was among those calling to register a complaint. He says the program, which tracks fingerprints of people who are arrested, has failed to deliver on its promise to target dangerous gangs. Instead, he says, it is tearing immigrant families apart, across New York State.

"In the first quarter of this year in New York State, 80 percent of the immigrants deported through 'Secure Communities' had not been convicted of any crime. The program was targeting people who had not committed any crimes instead of what it had purported to do, which was to target serious criminals."

Supporters of the program say it's needed to combat serious problems like drug crime, but Hesson says statistics compiled by the New York Civil Liberties Union show the federal dragnet caught only a few low-level offenders, and mostly immigrants with no criminal records.

New York and Massachusetts are among the states that have told the Obama administration they don't want to be part of "Secure Communities". The administration has already told Massachusetts it cannot opt out.

Hesson says a look at what's happening on the ground indicates New York is getting the same message.

"New York State has withdrawn from the program, or publicly said that they would like to withdraw. But yet, Homeland Security, since that withdrawal, has just been proceeding 'business as usual,' with information-sharing and with deporting people through the program."

Immigrants' rights groups declared Monday a national call-in day for Americans to register their opinions about the "Secure Communities" program.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office had no comment as to what New York has been told by the feds about opting out.


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