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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 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!


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”!

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)


MIRAc letter to Gov. Dayton: Veto “Secure Communities” deportation program!

May 23, 2011

Members of MIRAc and the No More Deportations campaign delivered this letter to Gov. Dayton’s office on Friday, May 20th.

May 20, 2011

Governor Dayton,

We are here today representing the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) and the No More Deportations Campaign. We were extremely concerned to hear that earlier this week an agreement to implement the Secure Communities program here in Minnesota had been introduced by Senator Ortman and attached as an amendment to the Omnibus Data Practices bill, SF 1143, passing unanimously and without a public hearing.

As you may already know, Secure Communities (S-Comm) is a fingerprint database that is used to check the immigration status of those who are arrested. Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) claims that Secure Communities will work to deport “dangerous criminals” and reduce racial profiling, and wants to implement it nationwide by 2013.

However, the statistics paint a very different picture. Since the implementation of Secure Communities in 2008, 79% of those deported through the program had either been convicted of petty offenses (such as traffic violations), or had committed no crime at all. 28% of people deported through S-Comm since its implementation have not been convicted of any crime at all, and that number is on the rise. The state of Illinois recently pulled out of the Secure Communities program, and Governor Pat Quinn stated in a letter to ICE “that the implementation of the Secure Communities program in Illinois is contrary to the stated purpose of the MOA… By ICE’s own measure, less than 20% of those who have been deported from Illinois under the program have ever been convicted of a serious crime.”

Secure Communities causes many other problems as well, including:

  • destroys families and communities by increasing deportations
  • increases racial profiling among local law enforcement
  • is part of an unjust national immigration system
  • does not allow due process
  • makes communities more mistrustful of police
  • increases financial and resource burdens on local law enforcement
  • little transparency surrounding S-Comm, ICE misrepresents program

We urge you, on behalf of the immigrant community here in Minnesota, to reject our state’s participation in the Secure Communities program by vetoing SF 1143. Immigrants from many nations form a vibrant part of the fabric of our community here in Minnesota, and implementing S-Comm will only serve to harm our community. In this light, MIRAc has recently launched the No More Deportations Campaign, and we are working to stop ICE-police collaboration on programs like Secure Communities and the Criminal Alien Program in Hennepin County. So far we have collected over 300 signatures on a petition opposing these two programs. We are counting on your support on this critical issue.

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee
No More Deportations Campaign

Friday, May 20 – 12:30 pm – Press Conference on Capitol Steps: NO More Deportations in Minnesota

May 19, 2011

This is a red alert! Secure Communities deportation program may be about to pass in Minnesota. This will lead to a dramatic increase in deportations & separation of families in Minnesota. We have to speak out now if we want to stop it! See Star Tribune article. The time to act is NOW!

Friday, May 20 – 12:30 pm – Press Conference on Capitol Steps: NO More Deportations in Minnesota

We Insist that Gov. Dayton Veto SF 1143 Unless the “Secure Communities” Deportation Amendment is Removed!
Join MIRAc at the Capitol on Friday to send a message to Minnesota legislators and to Governor Dayton that we don’t want “Secure Communities” deportation program in Minnesota! On May 16, State Sen. Ortman added an amendment to the Omnibus Data Practices Bill (SF 1143) that would force Minnesota to participate in Secure Communities deportation program. She snuck this onto the totally unrelated bill with no debate or discussion, no committee meetings, no discussion on the senate floor. If Gov. Dayton doesn’t veto this bill, Secure Communities will be implemented statewide in Minnesota.

Join us to insist that Gov. Dayton VETO SF1143 unless the Secure Communities amendment is removed!

If you can’t be there, please call Gov. Dayton at 651-201-3400 or 800-657-3717.


Viernes, 20  mayo – 12:30 pm – Conferencia de prensa en las gradas del capitolio:  No mas deportaciones en Minnesota!

Exigimos que gobernador Dayton vete al SF 1143 si no quitan la enmienda del programa de deportaciones “Secure Communities”
Unete con MIRAc en el capitolio en San Pablo el viernes para mandar un mensaje a los legisladores y al gobernador Dayton que no queremos el programa de deportaciones “Secure Communities” en Minnesota! El 16 de mayo, Senador Ortmann anadio una enmienda al Omnibus Data Practices Bill (SF 1143) que obligaria a Minnesota participar en el programa de deportaciones “Secure Communities”. Ella metio esta enmienda en una propuesta de ley que no tiene nada que ver con inmigracion sin debate, sin discusion, sin audiencia de ningun comite, sin discusion del senado. Eso va a ser la ley si gobernador Dayton no vete la propuesta de ley entera.

Unete con nosotros para insistir que el gobernador VETA al SF1143 si no sacan la enmienda Secure Communities de la propuesta de ley.

Si no puedes llegar el viernes, por favor llame al gobernador Dayton: 651-201-3400 o 800-657-3717.


Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
651-389-9174 | |

Presentacion sobre la campana No Mas Deportaciones

April 14, 2011

Este PDF contiene una presentacion de la informacion basica sobre la campana No Mas Deportaciones. Cuando lo presentamos en vivo, lo hacemos como slideshow en Powerpoint, con mas explicacion. Queremos compartirlo aqui porque ayuda con los puntos basicos sobre la campana.

Presentacion sobre la campana No Mas Deportaciones

Video: Criminal Alien Program / Programa de Criminales Extranjeros

April 11, 2011

Este es un video de la campana No Mas Deportaciones sobre el programa de deportaciones que se llama”Criminal Alien Program” (CAP) / Programa de Criminales Extranjeros. Nuestra campana quiere quitar este programa de deportacion del condado Hennepin y del estado de Minnesota.

23 enero – 12:00 – Foro comunitario “No Mas Deportaciones” en NE Minneapolis

January 14, 2011

(English below)

23 enero – 12:00 pm – No Mas Deportaciones! – Foro comunitario en NE Minneapolis

¡Los programas de deportacion deben para ya!

El Comite por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Minnesota (MIRAc) los invita a un Foro Comunitario.

La campaña ‘No Mas Deportaciones’ busca combatir en contra de los Programas de Deportacion que estan siendo financiados por la Administracion de Obama, estos son el Programa de Criminales Extranjeros y Comunidades Seguras

Ven a este Foro Comunitario y aprende mas acerca de la campaña No Mas Deportaciones!!!

Cuando: Domingo 23 de Enero
Hora: a las 12:00pm.
Donde: Restaurante Puerta del Sol
(3800 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55421)

Volante PDF

Campaña No Más Deportaciones | MIRAc |651.389.9174 |

Jan. 23 – 12:00 pm – No More Deportations! Community forum in NE Minneapolis

Deportation programs must stop now!

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) invites you to a community forum

The ‘No More Deportations’ campaign seeks to fight against deportation programs that are being funded by the Obama Administration, these are the Criminal Alien Program and Safer Communities.

Come to the Community Forum and learn more about how you can take part in the No More Deportations campaign!

When: Sunday January 23rd
Time: 12:00pm
Where: Restaurante Puerta del Sol
(3800 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55421)

Flyer PDF

No More Deportations campaign  |  MIRAc  |651.389.9174  |

Volante – No Mas Deportaciones! | Flyer – No More Deportations!

November 20, 2010

This is the informational flyer about the No More Deportations campaign.

Click here or on the image above for PDF of flyer.

Haz clik aqui on en imagen arriba para bajar el PDF del volante


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