Saying that it just isn’t working, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York State will no long participate in Secure Communities.
The controversial program–which Colorado participates in–is supposed to make it easier to identify and deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes. In practice, many communities find that the program is ineffective, can lead to racial profiling and discourages immigrants from reporting crimes.
“There are concerns about the implementation of the program as well as its impact on families, immigrant communities and law enforcement in New York,” he (Cuomo) said. “As a result, New York is suspending its participation in the program.”
Started under former President George W. Bush in 2008, opposition to the program has been growing nationwide. Illinois quit the program last month, more than a year after suspending its participation. Meanwhile, other states — among them Washington and Minnesota — have declined to join the program.