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Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Secure Communities Findings and Recommendations

Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Secure Communities Findings and Recommendations

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H
OMELAND
S
ECURITY
A
DVISORY
C
OUNCIL
T
ASK
F
ORCE ON
S
ECURE
C
OMMUNITIES
 F
INDINGS AND
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ECOMMENDATIONS
 S
EPTEMBER
2011
 
 
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Task Force on Secure Communities
Chuck Wexler
(Chair), Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum
Bo Cooper,
Partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden L.L.P.
Adrian Garcia,
Sheriff, Harris County, Texas
Douglas Gillespie,
Sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Robert Glaves,
Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Benjamin Johnson,
Executive Director, American Immigration Council
Andrew Lauland,
 
Homeland Security Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
 
Laura Lichter,
Partner, Lichter & Associates, P.C.
David A. Martin,
Professor of Law, University of Virginia
Charles Ramsey,
Commissioner of Police, Philadelphia
Lupe Valdez,
Sheriff, Dallas County, Texas
Roberto Villaseñor,
Chief of Police, Tucson, Arizona
Wendy Wayne,
Director, Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public CounselServices
Sister Rosemary Welsh,
Executive Director, Casa de Misericordia and Director, MercyMinistries Outreach
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 4Findings and
Recommendations………………………………………………………………...…..
9I. Misunderstandings Regarding the Secure Communities Programand the Role of Local Law Enforcement Agencies ..............................................................10II. Perceived Inconsistencies B
etween Secure Communities’ Stated Goals and Outcomes
...16III. Minor Traffic Offenses and Misdemeanors .......................................................................21IV. Unintended Consequences of Secure Communities on Community Policing andCommunity Impact ................................................................................................................24V. The Question of Whether to Suspend Secure Communities .............................................. 27
 
Conclusion ............................................................................................................................ 28
 
Appendix A: Task Force on Secure Communities: Tasking Document .................................30Appendix B
:
Subject Matter Experts
.....................................................................................
31
 
Appendix C: Task Force Field Meetings: Information Gathering Sessions ............................33

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