How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Secure Communities opponents protest in L.A.

Photo by Corey Moore/KPCC

Protesters outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles, August 15, 2011

KPCC's Corey Moore snapped this photo today at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles, where about 50 people gathered to protest the controversial federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

Critics of the program have become more vocal in the last week, after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton sent a letter to state governors rescinding the agreements between the federal government and states participating in the fingerprint-sharing program. The governors of three states and various local governments had announced a desire to withdraw from the program, which allows for the fingerprints of people booked at local jails to be shared with immigration officials. ICE officials have said the program is mandatory, and that state and local governments can't opt out.

The letter sent by Morton to California Gov. Jerry Brown can be viewed here.

Federal immigration officials are holding a town hall meeting in Los Angeles tonight to discuss the program with the public.

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