SB1070 and SECURE COMMUNITIES
by Marsha Garcia, ProgressNow NM
The Supreme Court has ruled that the “Papers Please” portion of Arizona’s infamous SB1070 will stand. What many New Mexicans do not know is that multiple cities, towns, and villages in our great state are already participating in their own version of SB1070’s “Papers Please” law. 97 percent of municipalities in New Mexico have gone into partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through their Secure Communities initiative.
Albuquerque is probably the most notable. In May of 2010, Mayor RJ Berry signed an executive order that moved U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into APD’s Prisoner Transport Center. Secure Communities was enacted to keep terrorists out of our country, not to deport minors and break up families. Ramon Dorado, a young Albuquerque resident who was stopped for a traffic violation was forced to self deport just before receiving his degree in Architectural Drafting. You can watch Ramon’s account of this on the interview below courtesy of El Centro De Igualdad Y Derechos.
Thanks to Secure Communities, we have more crimes going unreported by victims due to fear of deportation. According to the National Immigration Forum’s 2011 analysis on Secure Communities, it has made our community unsafe, and instilled fear and a lack of trust in our police officers.
SB1070 allows for law enforcement to demand proof of citizenship, and Secure Communities allows ICE to go through this process on behalf of APD.
Mayor Berry ran on a platform of open and limited government, yet he has expanded the role of city government by moving the Federal Government into our law enforcement process and centers.
Click here to tell Mayor Berry that we do not need more government in the City of Albuquerque’s law enforcement process and to stop our participation of Secure Communities, which is another name for Arizona’s SB1070.