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Podcast: The Story Behind NY’s Suspension of Secure Communities

Immigrant advocates protest the Secure Communities program in New York State

Immigrant advocates protest the Secure Communities program in New York State. (Photo: Catalina Jaramillo)

New York officials announced on June 1 that the state is suspending its participation in Secure Communities.  The federal program is a key component of the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy.

The decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo followed months of criticism of the program by immigrant advocates and Latino elected officials, and makes New York the second state after Illinois and the District of Columbia to pull out of the program.  Governor Deval Patrick has refused to sign an agreement with the federal government to activate Secure Communities in Massachusetts.  But federal officials say Massachusetts must join the program.

In this podcast, Feet in Two Worlds explores the politics behind New York’s move, and the implications for the Obama administration’s immigration policies.   Listen to Fi2W executive producer John Rudolph in conversation with two journalists who have been covering the Secure Communities story:  Catalina Jaramillo, a reporter with the Spanish-language daily El Diario, and the paper’s editorial page editor Maibe Ponet.

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Fi2W is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

AboutFeet in Two Worlds
Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.