SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Day laborers and domestic workers rallied in San Francisco Monday and will do so Tuesday at the state capitol in opposition to the federal government’s Secure Communities program.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Protesters at the San Francisco rally said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Secure Communities program was billed as an optional system to help deport hardened criminals, but that’s not the way it’s working. Critics say instead it’s catching domestic violence victims and scaring immigrants into not reporting crimes to police for fear of being deported themselves.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is trying to pass a bill that would let California’s counties opt out of the Secure Community program, even though ICE officials say that’s not legal. Ammiano district director Kimberly Alvarenga said ultimately the courts may have to decide.

“We should have the autonomy to decide what we want to do around an immigration policy,” she said.

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Comments (4)
  1. oldfart says:

    I say deport Ammiano,

    I will give $10 if he moves to mexico and runs for office.

    1. N67 says:

      I will match your 10 oldfart, we’ll make it 20.

  2. N67 says:

    This whole “angle” about not going to the cops with “information” about crimes for fear that they will be deported is starting to get really played out. So you are not going to divulge information about crimes that other “illegal aliens” have commited because you are youself an “illegal alien”. Thus if we wish to apply our laws in our country regarding illegal immigration it is somehow a breach of trust with the illegal aliens, so they are threatining to “not cooperate”. We have allowed this dog and pony show for way too long. The same played out word games and catch phrases. Moreover our economy would thrive if all of the illegal aliens and those who support them were not here to suck and suck at our resources and pocket books. I say “Game Over”. “Yo No Mas Gratis”

  3. A Reader says:

    The LA Times has reported a story on this, and frankly, it has not garnered my sympathy. As a naturalized citizen who immigrated here over 25 years ago (legally, I might add), I find it ironic that illegal immigrants are fighting for similar rights as legal residents and citizens.

    If anyone gained illegal entry into this country, that person should be deported, period. That one illegal act itself is a crime, let alone any other criminal activities engaged on US soil.,0,1739725.story

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