For Immediate Release
Judge Demands Release of Secure Communities Documents
Emergency Injunction Hearing Results in Deadline for Opt-Out Documents
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled in favor of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of Cardozo Law after a hearing requesting an emergency injunction in federal court in NDLON v. ICE, filed on behalf of the National Day Laborer Organization Network (NDLON).
The injunction requests information regarding the controversial
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “Secure Communities” program,
specifically, documents related to the voluntary nature of the program,
which has been unclear thus far. The Judge expressed shock at the
government’s ongoing refusal to release the documents.
relating to the rapidly expanding deportation program that culls
fingerprints from local law enforcement databases after the agency’s
continuous misinformation. The groups took ICE to court in litigation
for the documents because of what they call. the agency's rejection of
The defense agreed to do this back in July and here we are in December. I
think the government is dragging its feet....This is serious.”
to release the documents or to explain why the documents are being
withheld. ICE must release a second set of documents related to other
topics in the records request on February 25, 2011. Judge Scheindlin
noted several times that the defendants may face contempt sanctions if
they fail to produce documents in two upcoming hearings.
initial filing and the government has failed to largely meet the
requests for information, the program has dramatically expanded,
prompting a growing controversy around the secrecy, confusion and
misinformation groups say have been spread by the ICE and DHS
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