It’s not clear if New York has the power to opt out of the federal program designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes. Immigrant advocates say Secure Communities is being used against people who only committed minor offenses.
Secure Communities is a federal program designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and crimes that threaten national security. But advocates say it makes immigrants less secure.
The Republican nominee for governor in New York says “we’re not going to allow undocumented aliens or illegal immigrants to take part in our social welfare and our Medicaid systems in the state of New York.”