The American Friends Service Committee has signed a joint letter to the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board seeking an end to the FBI’s facilitation of the deeply flawed Secure Communities program. Under the program, local law enforcement and the FBI share fingerprinting data with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency. ICE touts the program as a crime fighting tool. It is set to take effect across the country by 2013.
For years, AFSC staffers working on immigration issues have witnessed the devastating effects of such local police and immigration collaborations, including racial profiling, increased detention and deportation, family separation and fearful communities. AFSC joins partners around the country urging the advisory policy board to adopt a proposal allowing local municipalities to opt out of Secure Communities and to prevent the program’s implementation in jurisdictions with a documented pattern of civil rights abuses.