The Task Force on Secure Communities is a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and was created in June 2011 at the request of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Task Force was asked to consider how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may improve the Secure Communities Program, including how to address some of the concerns about the program that “relate to [its] impact on community policing and the possibility of racial profiling,” and “how to best focus on individuals who pose a true public safety or national security threat.” In addition, the Task Force was specifically charged with making recommendations “on how ICE can adjust the Secure Communities program to mitigate potential impacts on community policing practices, including whether and how to implement policy regarding the removals of individuals charged with, but not convicted of, minor traffic offenses who have no other criminal history. The following people are members on the Task Force on Secure Communities.
Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum (Chair, Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) member)
Representative, American Federation of Government Employees Local 511
Partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden L.L.P.
President of National Council 118, American Federation of Government Employees
Andrea Zuniga DiBitetto
Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO
Professor of Law and Public Health, Columbia Law School
Sheriff, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
Sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Executive Director, American Immigration Council
Homeland Security Advisory, Maryland
Partner, Lichter & Associates, P.C.
Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, National Immigration Forum
Police Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
Sheriff, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Texas
Arturo Venegas, Jr.
Founder, Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative
Chief of Police, Tucson Police Department, Arizona
Director of the Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Sister Rosemary Welsh
Executive Director, Casa de Misericordia and Director, Mercy Ministries Outreach
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The Task Force is receiving public comment at TFSC@dhs.gov.