WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP NAVARRETTE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST HARSH TREATMENT FROM BOTH PARTIES

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Ruben Navarrette is greeted Thursday by Blanca Zavala at the Martin Regional Library before giving a lecture. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

Columnist Ruben Navarrette tore into both political parties Thursday evening for their treatment of Latinos. Navarrette is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group and writes twice-weekly columns. His work appears on the Tulsa World‘s editorial pages. He spoke to a crowd of about 80 people at the Martin Regional Library on Thursday and discussed the mixed messages Latino people receive. On one hand, people of Hispanic ethnicity are growing at the most rapid pace of any minority group, he noted. Projections indicate that Hispanics will represent 25 percent of the U.S. population by 2030 and one-third of the population by 2050.

“But I don’t feel very powerful,” Navarrette said. “We are taken for granted by one party and written off by another.”

Navarrette criticized President Barack Obama for his inaction on pushing for congressional immigration reforms with the same fervor he did for health care and mortgage reforms. The record-high deportations under the Obama administration raised the most ire with him.

“My beef with Obama is not deporting people, but it’s the way he’s doing it that is deceitful,” he said. Navarrette pointed to the federal Secure Communities program, which deputizes local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. He said that has led to the deportations of more than 1.2 million people under the Obama presidency, most of whom were picked up for minor infractions such as speeding or drinking violations. He said local police agencies do not understand the nuances of immigration law.

He said the federal programs, along with tougher state laws, lead to racial profiling of Mexican immigrants. “Politicians want to blend all people with a badge into Border Patrol agents,” he said. “There are a lot of things local police do well and know what to do, but they don’t know how to enforce immigration laws. That is beyond their pay grade. It’s not what they learn in police academies.”

Navarrette said the approach to immigration and words used by Republican leaders are embraced by racist people. “I’m not saying you are one, but I’m saying you are speaking a language that appeals to racists,” he said. “It doesn’t make you a bad person, but it makes you an opportunist.”

Navarrette, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, stressed the need for people to find factual information from trusted news sources for advocacy and informed voting.

“Read the paper – even if on your iPad,” he said. “Listen to radio; seek information; challenge your allies. Be informed.” Navarrette said the fear of immigrants is not a new story for the United States, starting with Ben Franklin’s opposition to Germans settling in Pennsylvania at the country’s founding. “It’s not a question of pushing people out but of bringing people together,” he said. “Always think about the promise we have, not the fear. Every challenge we have, there is an answer. We have to focus on the positive and build on that.”

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WHAT IS THE “SECURE COMMUNITIES” ACT: DON’T MEND IT…END IT!

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Any day now Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will announce a second round of “reforms” to the disgraced “Secure Communitiesdeportation program, S-Comm. And once again, it appears that ICE is more interested in spin than substance. The timing of the announcement–immediately before the DHS Office of Inspector General Report–seems primarily designed to take the pressure off of ICE rather than an honest attempt to address the fundamental flaws of the program.

We’ve been here before. In 2010, ICE tried the same tactic by announcing “reforms” to S-COMM’s predecessor, the 287(g) program to try to save the agency from the embarrassment of that year’s Inspector General report that described the program as an unmitigated disaster.

“Secure Communities” turns local police into defacto agents of deportation, forcing them to enforce unjust immigration laws, inviting racial profiling, and undermining community safety. It’s a program that has been leading to the “Arizonification” of the country, and has placed ICE under fire since it’s start in 2008. The only way forward on S-Comm is termination.

Since its inception, “Secure Communities” has gained fame for outright deception, starting with its very name. And now, after the release of thousands of internal emails and the agency’s own deportation data, there is no longer any doubt that ICE lied to local lawmakers, Congress, and the American public.

So-called “Secure Communities”, “S-Comm” or “In-Secure Communities” as it has been dubbed is the most recent attempt of ICE-DHS to control the immigration “problem”. This anti-immigrant program allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local law enforcement agencies to share all fingerprints processed at local jails. This mandated sharing occurs regardless of the type of crime and even if the charges are dropped. The inaccurately named program, “Secure Communities” was said to have been initiated to target “level one” criminals (kidnappers, drug dealers, murders), but in practice has been successful in targeting jay-walkers, victims of domestic violence, mentally challenged citizens, and those who do not look “American”.

So why is the Administration holding on to a program that has a very public record of deception? One that law enforcement officers, Governors, cities, and Congressional representatives reject as damaging to public safety. And why is it continuing to operate the program in places like Georgia, with its unconstitutional anti-immigrant hate law, HB 87, while finally suspending it–at least partially–in Alabama and restricting it in Maricopa County? Clearly, this violates common sense. It also demonstrates a distorted sense of priorities.

Janet Napolitano announces record high deportations at ICE headquarters in Washington. Photo: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

In its blind quest to meet its arbitrary deportation quota of 400,000 people per year, the Obama Administration is driving a wedge between communities and local police, making it more difficult to solve crimes, and turning a blind eye to the fact that people are being placed into deportation through unconstitutional arrests. Civil immigration enforcement above public safety and constitutional protections? Really?

The upcoming announcement will be a significant opportunity for the President to demonstrate leadership on a program that has come to symbolize his broken immigration promises. Will it be business as usual or will the Obama Administration finally abandon their growing legacy of deportation? Will the Obama Administration stop attempting to convince the public that ICE may reform itself, despite every indicator that it’s incapable? Will the Obama Administration embrace the consensus against S-Comm or continue gripping onto the program despite its failure?

The next few days will tell. For the communities that are left to cope with the disasters of the Administration’s draconian immigration enforcement policies, the commitment to break ICE’s hold continues regardless of this month’s announcement. Communities reeling from this growing crisis have already documented the conclusive demand that S-COMM be terminated. Their pledge to restore trust and to break ICE’s hold on their community and the country will only grow stronger.

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