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June 3: Call-in day to Gov. Dayton: Stand firm against “Secure Communities” deportation program during the special session!

June 3, 2011

Call-in day to Gov. Dayton on Friday, June 3rd:
Tell Gov. Dayton: No More Deportations in Minnesota — Stand firm against “Secure Communities” deportation program during the special session!

On Friday, June 3 we’re asking all supporters of immigrant rights and basic human rights to call Gov. Dayton at 651-201-3400 o 800-657-3717 and tell him:

Governor Dayton:

1. Thank you for vetoing the bill that included the “Secure Communities” deportation program (SF958) at the end of the legislative session.

2. We are asking you to veto any bill in the upcoming special session that includes “Secure Communities” deportation program, or any other program that would increase deportations and tear apart families in Minnesota.

(If you call, please email miracmn@gmail.com and let us know what response you get.)

Why Call Now?

We need our voices to be heard now so that Gov. Dayton knows he needs to stand firm and refuse to sign any bill that includes “Secure Communities” deportation program during the upcoming legislative special session. The date of the special session hasn’t been set yet, but it will happen sometime before July 1st. Please call Gov. Dayton on Friday, June 3rd to keep the pressure on until the special session!

Background

Over the last few years, deportations that cruelly separate many thousands of families have increased around the country to levels not seen even under the Bush administration. “Secure Communities” is a poorly-named program that is responsible for a large part of this increase in deportations. It connects booking information from local jails to a federal database used by both ICE and the FBI, making many communities less secure. (more background on Secure Communities) There are already too many deportations happening in Minnesota — if Secure Communities is implemented here, we will see a dramatic increase in deportations and separation of families. This must be stopped.

The claim is that Secure Communities focuses on deporting “criminals”. But over 70% of the people deported under Secure Communities have not been convicted of any crime or have only been convicted of traffic-related offenses. Illinois is currently trying to get out of Secure Communities, New York announced they’re withdrawing, and California’s Assembly just voted to allow it’s counties to opt out if they want to. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has come out against it as well as many other congresspeople. Immigrant workers, their families and communities want Secure Communities to end, as they are bearing the brunt of this program through the cruel separation of families on a massive scale. The tide is turning against this program.

Sneaking Secure Communities in to Minnesota?

Minnesota has not joined the “Secure Communities” program yet. But about a week before the Minnesota legislative session ended, Sen. Ortman (R) snuck the deportation program into SF1143, an omnibus bill, with no debate, discussion or committee hearings. Then just before the end of the session Secure Communities was transferred into SF958, the Public Safety bill, which the legislature passed just before the session ended on May 23.  However, on May 24, Governor Dayton vetoed SF958.

Can Secure Communities come back from the dead?

Since he vetoed all the budget bills, now Gov. Dayton will need to call a Special Session of the legislature sometime before July 1st to pass new budget bills. During a special session, legislators can bring anything back into play.  So even though Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill that included Secure Communities, it could potentially be brought back from the dead in a special session.  If the legislature attaches it to another bill and passes it again, Gov. Dayton will have to veto it again or else it becomes law.

Clearly many members of the state legislature as well as the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security are pressuring Gov. Dayton to bring Secure Communities to Minnesota. We need to keep the pressure on Gov. Dayton to stand strong against the “Secure Communities” deportation program when the legislature comes back into special session. Back-room deals are usually made between the governor and legislators in the lead-up to a special session. We need our voices to be heard now so that Gov. Dayton knows he needs to stand firm and refuse to sign any bill that includes “Secure Communities” deportation program during the special session.

Gov. Dayton did the right thing by vetoing SF958. But in hisletter explaining that veto, he doesn’t name “Secure Communities” as one of the reasons he vetoed it.  We need to make sure that he doesn’t allow Secure Communities to come back to life in the special session.

Call Gov. Dayton on Friday, June 3 and tell him:
No more deportations in Minnesota! Say NO to “Secure Communities”!

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No More Deportations campaign
website |facebook | 651-389-9174
Join us for our next No More Deportations campaign meeting: Saturday, June 4 – 1:00 pm – Walker Church (31st St & 16th Ave, Minneapolis)

 

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