Monday, July 4, 2022


July 4th: an opportunity to examine the state of U.S. Democracy in places like MT; disturbing bodycam video of a fatal police shooting in Ohio; ripple effects from SCOTUS environmental ruling.


The Biden administration works to ensure abortion access, Liz Cheney says Jan 6th committee could call for criminal charges against Trump, and extreme heat and a worker shortage dampens firework shows.


From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

Arizona SCOTUS Ruling Frames NY “Secure Communities” Debate


Tuesday, June 26, 2012   

NEW YORK - Just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court's split decision on Arizona's controversial immigration law, a new education campaign is being launched today to deal with local fears surrounding enforcement on Long Island of federal immigration rules, particularly the Secure Communities immigration program, known as S-com.

Ted Hesson, online editor for Long Island Wins, says that for now the portion of the Supreme Court ruling that upholds the "show me your papers law" applies to Arizona police, but his group is concerned because there have been plenty of copycat laws around the nation.

"Whereas S-com is sort of de facto authorizing police to act as immigration agents on the local level, this is actually requiring the police who are out there to be doing this as part of their job."

The Supreme Court ruled that the remaining three provisions of Arizona's immigration law violate the Constitution.

Liz O'Shaughnessey is the founder of CoLoKi, operator of the "Freeport Trailer," which helps immigrant day laborers. She says Long Island would do well to follow President Obama's decision to curb immigration enforcement for petty offenders, and that the recent deportation of one of her workers is just one sign of overzealous local enforcement.

"So for picking up cans in the woods, he was detained. For two months, he spent in prison before being deported. He's back in Honduras."

Amol Sinha, director of the Suffolk Chapter of the NYCLU, says fears about S-Com mean fewer local immigrants are reporting crimes, even as the federal program continues to scoop up the wrong people.

"In New York State, Long Island has the highest numbers as to people who are removed from the country, but the vast majority, over 80 percent, are either non-criminals or low-level offenders."

Today's press briefing at Hempstead District Court on the Secure Communities education campaign, set for 10 a.m., was planned prior to the ruling.

Deportation numbers are from the April 2012 ICE report:

get more stories like this via email

The United States celebrates Independence Day while Congress investigates the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Bob/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

This July 4th marks nearly 250 years since the United States declared its independence, setting the country on a path to establishing its democracy…

Social Issues

It's July 4th, a celebration of the United States' independence. It's also an opportunity to take a look at the state of the country's democracy…

Social Issues

July 4th celebrates the founding of the United States' democracy - and some say it's time to recommit to defending that democracy. In the wake of …

While most classrooms are empty right now, lingering concerns from the previous school year, such as the pandemic's effect on students and staff, are being dissected ahead of next year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Research is emerging about the secondary trauma school staff members face after helping students during the pandemic. As summer moves forward…

Health and Wellness

A Florida judge plans to put a hold on the state's new, 15-week abortion ban, set to take effect today. He said it is unconstitutional and will issue …

Social Issues

Three projects in Idaho have been selected to receive grants from the AARP Community Challenge. Among them is the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in …


Montanans get a sense of what soil health is like on farms and ranches across the state with Northern Plains Resource Council's soil crawls. The …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021