Wednesday, May 11th: Stop S-Comm in NY Prayer Vigil
On Wednesday, May 11th, in front of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office, diverse faith community leaders joined by advocates and community members will hold a vigil to call for an end to New York State’s involvement in “Secure Communities” (S-Comm). Speakers will applaud Illinois for withdrawing from S-Comm and urge Cuomo to also put an end to this program, which unjustly deports immigrants, jeopardizes public safety, and increases racial and ethnic profiling. Faith community leaders will light candles and pray for Governor Cuomo and the communities bearing the burden of S-Comm.
WHAT: Vigil to call for termination of NY’s “S-Comm”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 1:00pm
WHERE: In front of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office, 633 3rd Ave (between 40th and 41st Streets), New York, NY
With no public input, New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services signed an agreement with ICE last year to bring S-Comm to our State. S-Comm requires law enforcement to automatically forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to federal immigration databases and aims to transfer people suspected of being deportable directly into the detention and deportation system. Locked up in detention centers in remote locations, immigrants have severely limited access to lawyers, medical care, family, witnesses, and evidence to defend against deportation. Meanwhile, immigrant families and communities are left broken and devastated. To date, more than one-third of New York’s counties have activated S-Comm.