Activists Oppose “Secure Communities” Bill

MIRAc

St. Paul, MN, May 20, 2011. Representatives of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) protested outside Governor Dayton’s office and presented with a petition seeking veto of SF 1143. Senator Ortman added an amendment to SF 1143 (“Omnibus Data Practices Bill”) that would obligate Minnesota to participate in the controversial deportation program known as “Secure Communities”. She added the amendment at the last minute, without debate, without any committee hearings, without discussion on the floor of the senate. The amendment passed 57-0

Secure Communities” is a program run by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that obligates local police and jails to work with ICE to deport more immigrants. This program is one that the Obama administration is trying to get states to implement nationwide. It’s effect is to increase deportations of immigrants and separation of families.

Text of the amendment added to the bill with no hearings:
The state shall participate in the United States Department of Homeland Security’s
secure communities initiative. The commissioner of public safety shall enter into an
agreement on behalf of the state with the United States Department of Homeland Security
to implement this section. This agreement shall be legally binding on the state. Data on
individuals collected, created, received, maintained, or disseminated by the commissioner
of public safety for purposes of participation in the initiative are criminal history data
under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.87.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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