There is a glimmer of hope in the administration immigration enforcement madness, as last week the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called for the end of the Secure Communities program. I had blogged about Secure Communities and the annoyance of having to go through a checkpoint back in March. But there seems to be some momentum from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to call for DHS to put a moratorium on the program, especially given the recent calls to investigate by Rep. Lofgren and governor of Illinois’ statement last week about not participating in the program. You can read about that here.
In San Francisco, California, the Sheriff will begin releasing low level undocumented people from its prisons beginning on June 1. San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey cites the city’s local sanctuary law:
“The new policy, set to begin June 1, is meant to uphold San Francisco’s sanctuary ordinance, which prohibits local officials from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement with enforcing immigration laws unless it involves a felony.
“I’m trying to enforce San Francisco’s city of refuge law,” Hennessey said. “The city of refuge law says we are not supposed to comply with federal officials except with felonies. I’m just doing our best to enforce local law. That’s my job.””
President Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on immigration in Texas this week. It will be interesting to see if advocates turn out to protest and raise awareness about the confusion and inconsistencies of the administration’s Secure Communities program.
What are your thoughts? Do you think President Obama will receive a warm and receptive crowd in Texas or will activists turn up the pressure? Or do you think that the President will respond more to the anti-immigrant crowd with more “boots on the border” rhetoric?