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Rally for Immigrant Rights on December 9th in New York City

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Dec 02, 2010

In May 2010, NY State signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) approving the Secure Communities Program, in which local law enforcement sends fingerprints of arrestees to the Department of Homeland Security database.

Join us on December 9th in New York City in demanding that Governor Patterson terminate the Secure Communities agreement and that the federal courts require ICE to share all documents on “opting out” of the program. New York State should not cooperate with ICE in tearing apart immigrant families. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the New Sanctuary Movement filed an emergency injunction that will have its day in court December 9th, the day before International Human Rights Day.

Campaign members in New York are planning a big rally to encourage Gov. Patterson to cancel their Secure Communities agreement while groups everywhere are planning actions between international human rights day, Dec. 10th, and Dec. 18th, international migrant rights day.

Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister, Community Church of New York City will be speaking on behalf of the faith community.

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2 Responses to “Rally for Immigrant Rights on December 9th in New York City”

  1. Ruby Layson says:

    I urge Governor Patterson to cancel the Secure Communities Agreement and ensure humane treatment of the immigrants in our communities.

  2. I was there yesterday when we rallied in support of immigrant justice. We demanded that Governor Paterson, who has a good record thus far on immigrant rights, cancel NY State’s participation in the Secure Communities Agreement. SSL was there joined with grass roots organizations from around the city and from Long Island. Speaker after speaker reminded Governor Paterson that the “Insecure Communities Agreement” is wrong. UU minister Rev. Bruce Southworth of The Community Church of NY UU spoke on behalf of clergy, and then delivered their letter to the Governor’s office. It was an energizing event!

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