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DHS to Hold Meeting on Secure Communities in Arlington

by ARLnow.com August 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm 3,414 22 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security will be holding a public meeting in Arlington on the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.

The meeting will take place between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at George Mason University Founder’s Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive) in Virginia Square. The Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Secure Communities is seeking public comments about the controversial program, which Arlington tried and failed to opt out of last year.

From a press release issued by Arlington County this morning:

Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Secure Communities is making recommendations to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on ways to improve the Secure Communities program, including ideas on how to best focus on individuals who pose a true public safety or national security threat. This panel is composed of chiefs of police, sheriffs, state and local prosecutors, court officials, ICE agents from the field, and community and immigration advocates. The advisory committee is considering proposals on how ICE may adjust the Secure Communities program to mitigate potential impacts on community policing practices, including whether special procedures should be adopted for ICE enforcement actions directed toward individuals charged with, but not convicted of, minor traffic offenses.

Anyone planning on attending the meeting is asked to RSVP via email to [email protected]. Attendees are asked to indicate whether or not they plan on making any comments to the task force.

  • Funny

    What a farce. Dhs works with municipalities throughout the nation to develop partnerships in good faith with these jurisdictions, then pulls out. In essence saying no, we prefer to arbitrarily and illegally profile people because it is too much trouble to try and work WITH people. But we will have community meetings so we can claim there was community input.

  • Lou

    Odds on Tejada joining the protesters outside this event?

  • Bluemontsince1961

    This should stir up a real hornet’s nest and get u-g-l-y. Duck and cover.

  • Ballston

    Either enforce the laws of the land or resign your position. As a public servant you do not have a choice.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Did anyone say DOMA?

  • EyeOOOta

    Justin Trawick is a Key Note Speaker

  • just me

    This show could be fun, too bad I have something better to do. The county is not going to change anyway.

  • Independent in Arlington

    Here is some information I received about the protest: Sounds like the protesters may be planning to disrupt the meeting.

    Turning the Tide Campaign

    DC Area Action Wednesday
    to Say No to the Massive Deportation Program: S-Comm

    ICE says its coming to the DC metro area next Wednesday to hold a hearing on the “Secure Communities Program.”

    Yep that’s right the same agency that recently announced that it will force the disastrous deportation program on all cities and states including those that have rejected it like Arlington,VA; Washington DC, Baltimore, and Montgomery County, MD, now says it wants our “input.”

    People across the region are mobilizing to be there.

    Wednesday August 24th

    Meet Up for March at 5:00pm
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    In an effort to dampen growing opposition, DHS created a controversial task force to look into ways of improving the program. Across the country, the task force at these hearings has been asked to resign from this sham committee and to end the program.

    In the Los Angeles S-Comm hearing, the crowd walked out. When they went to Chicago, undocumented youth performed civil disobedience in protest of the program and in a call for the taskforce to resign.

    On Wednesday, we’ll be there to tell ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) its time to End S-Comm.

    Be there to gather and rally. Spread the word via twitter, on Facebook, email and through all your networks.

    • This suggests a counter-protest might be in order. Just ordinary citizens who believe that their county government is an accomplice to the criminal entry and presence of illegal aliens in the U.S. People who are neither racist not mean-spirited, but who obey the law and believe everyone else should too, including their elected officials. People who support advocacy for change but follow the rules until that change happens. People who are not so smug and self-righteous to believe that their views may be substituted for those of the majority.

      • funny

        Yes, just like Ghandi, and MLK endured conter protests, hoses, dogs. If you want to be on the side of the ‘law’ that is now shown in grainy black and white films with billy clubs and Dobbermans, but all means launch your conter-proteset. Like those before you history will judge you harshly.

        • You flatter yourself if you think “leaders” on this issue are even nearly in the same league as Gandhi and King. They are lobbyists and sympathizers with criminals. See http://www.sungazette.net/articles/2011/04/12/arlington/news/nw81g.txt. Two-thirds of those detained under the Secure Communities rules in Arlington had criminal backgrounds. If two-thirds of arrestees have rap sheets, is it rational to extrapolate that percentage to Arlington’s sanctuaried illegals who haven’t been arrested? If two-thirds of the county’s general population were criminals, would it be a public safety emergency? Tejada is a transparent mouthpiece for criminal illegal aliens. Why won’t the highly degreed citizens call him out?

      • TGEoA

        I say we give the cops a cupcake for every head they whack with a nightstick

        • ArlingtonNative

          +100 .. TGEoA , let me know where I can send the donation to insure we have plenty of cupcakes to keep the cops motivated.

          Unfortunately, this is Arlington, so I’d not be surprised if the County leadership instructs the ACPD to stay away!

      • BoredHouseWife

        when you dismiss another human being into the realm of criminals w/o giving them a chance to prove themselves, you in essence create criminals. if you allow them the opportunity, and they take it, keep them because they would make good residents. If not, send them back and it saves money.

        • Heraldo

          Yes, but many are here illegally to begin with, which makes them criminals. Detaining someone to see whether they’re here legally in the first place shouldn’t be too much of a stretch of logic. If they have criminal records to boot, that’s just icing on the cake.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            True, but some people – some – don’t consider being here illegal to be criminal and get very bent out of shape when those of us who do believe being here illegally is a criminal offense say so.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Like I said earlier, this is going to stir up a hornet’s nest. Should make Jaime vs. Babs look like a Sunday School picnic.

  • SouthArlingtonReady

    I find this whole thing really confusing. Does it mean that if I want a million bucks all I have to do is ask and I will get it?

    Where does this notion of “I don’t like that law or that procedure so I am going to do this my way and tough s*** if you don’t like it.”

    According to the logic of “abide the laws you agree with and to hell with the rest” I should be able to personally remove the abandoned vehicles and trailers on my block, right? With no repercussions right? Will ACPD show up to support me at my rally? Just sayin’.

  • Now that it is clear there is no opt-out from the program, how will the “diverse and inclusive” sanctuary policy of the County Board be modified to cooperate with rather than work against DHS? If you’re not part of the enforcement solution, you’re part of the problem. Why is an otherwise very good government like Arlington so insistent on substituting its views on illegal immigrants for the Law of the Land?

  • Andrew

    Maybe it is a set-up! They are going to arrest all the protestors and then deport them (assuming they are here illegally).

  • Ted williams

    Looking forward to it!

  • MC 703

    Let’s go protest in front of the County courthouse to get the bank robber released. The crimes committed by the people who this program is designed to deport are convicted criminals too.

    I heard one of the DHS administrators on Kojo Nnamdi the other day and they way he explained it, I am all for Secure Communities. And I am a somewhat left-leaning moderate.

    And MLK and Ghandi do not deserve to be compared to these jagoff protesters.


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