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Immigrant Community and Advocates Demand that the Governor NOT Sign on to the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Patricia Montes
Centro Presente (617) 959 3108

Centro in the News

Immigrant and Civil Liberties Advocates Protest Mass. Participation in DHS "Secure Communities" Program

BOSTON/State House - Over 100 immigrant and civil liberties advocates held a protest in front of the State House today in opposition to a recent announcement by the Executive Office of Public Safety that Massachusetts will participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program. The controversial program would screen everyone arrested by local and state police to determine their immigration status.

Centro in the News

Rally targets Mass. plan for immigration checks

BOSTON — Immigrant rights advocates rallied Wednesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest a move by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration to join a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested.

Centro in the News

Immigrant activists protest state's move into 'secure communities'

Immigrant activists rallied Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s declared intention to sign on to the Secure Communities program, a federal initiative that would use locally gathered fingerprinting information to verify the immigration status of those arrested in Massachusetts.

Press Release

Press Advisory: Immigrant Communities and Allies Denounce Patrick Administration's Intention to Sign on to the Secure Communities Program

When: Wednesday, December, 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: In front of the Massachusetts State House

Centro in the News

Centro presente denounces state decision on Secure Communities

Centro Presente, with the support of ACLU-Mass and AFSC-Project Voice, has been running a campaign to educate the community and allies about the effects of the controversial Secure Communities program that the state has signed up on.

Centro in the News

Governor changes immigration view

 

Published: December 19, 2010 9:23 p.m.

Event

Urgent Action Against Secure Communities

URGENT ACTION!

To Denounce Massachusetts’ Intention to Sign on to Secure Communities

Since it was revealed in the summer that the City of Boston had been secretly participating in Secure Communities, Centro Presente, with the support of ACLU-Mass and AFSC-Project Voice, has been running a campaign to educate our community and allies about the effects of this program.

Come and support our campaign!

When: Wednesday, December, 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Centro in the News

Mass. police to join immigration checks program

BOSTONThe Massachusetts State Police will participate in a federal program that automatically checks the immigration status of those who are arrested, the state’s top state public safety official announced Friday.

In a statement, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan said the state will formally join a program called Secure Communities after months of deliberating by state officials.

Centro in the News

State joins US push on illegal immigrants

Massachusetts State Police will join a controversial federal program early next year to help the US government detect and deport illegal immigrants arrested for crimes, a sharp departure from Governor Deval Patrick’s 2007 decision barring troopers from enforcing immigration laws.