The past few days have been a whirlwind of activity from immigration activists who are taking their protests and frustrations over the administration’s Secure Communities program directly to Obama campaign offices and Democratic Party headquarters around the country.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
“Civil and immigrant rights activists demonstrated Tuesday outside the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in Atlanta, calling on the Obama administration to scrap a federal fingerprint-sharing program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants.
The demonstrators complained the “Secure Communities” program is tearing families apart and distracting local police from other crime-fighting priorities. They timed their demonstration to coincide with protests in Chicago and other cities across the nation.
Also Tuesday, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and other groups released a lengthy report condemning the program. Among other things, the report says Secure Communities makes immigrants fearful of reporting crimes to police and results in the deportations of many people who have committed no crimes other than being in the country illegally.”
These actions are in response to the over 1,000,000 immigrants being deported since President Obama took office. With the upcoming Presidential election and the increasingly heated rhetoric coming from the GOP contenders on immigration (see Rick Perry’s drone statement), activists are taking the opportunity to really push the President to use some of the tools he already has to ease the deportation situation.
Already the White House is responding to these actions with Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, writing this blog defending the Secure Communities program. And predictably, some in the community are calling for Muñoz to resign her position. That Muñoz is being dispatched to respond this week about Secure Communities shows that the White House is paying close attention.
Unless some changes are made, the calls for resignations, petition signing, and protests will continue. What are your thoughts? Should Latinos working in the White House resign over this issue or should they continue to defend the administration’s position?