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ICE Out of LA Coalition Takes Major Step Forward with New City Policy Rejecting ICE Holds, Sets Stage for County to Follow Suit
New policy part of national trend ending Arizona-style enforcement, instead creating bright line between local law enforcement and federal deportation efforts
Los Angeles, July 7, 2014 - In response to the new Los Angeles Police Department Policy announced today at City Hall, representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statements:
"Chief Beck's clear directive to reject ICE's overreaching detainer requests moves Los Angeles another step away from the Arizona policies that threaten LA families and public safety. The coalition will be watching very closely to make sure ICE does not try to circumvent the policy announced today in any way." stated NDLON organizer Claudia Bautista
NDLON Staff Attorney Jessica Karp, who is currently litigating a detainer suit against Los Angeles County, added, "ICE's quota programs have no place in California and Chief Beck and the Mayor should be applauded for differentiating Los Angeles and crafting city policies that honor the city's immigrant roots instead of ICE’s unjust efforts.
The people of Los Angeles can feel safer as local officials are taking steps to repair the damage done to community-police relations by the federal Secure Communities program."
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th, the ICE Out of LA Coalition will hold a press conference at 9:00am at the Board of Supervisors to press the County to follow the City’s example and expand its efforts to ensure public safety and protect its residents by ending ongoing collaboration with ICE in its jails.
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May 16, 2014
150+ Civil and Immigrants Rights Organizations Call on
DHS Sec. Johnson to End Use of ICE Holds
As the President moves to “reboot” Secure Communities,
advocates demand complete end to key component of the program
May 16, 2014, Washington, DC — A day after President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced they would take a “fresh look” at the Secure Communities deportation program—widely criticized for contributing to rampant racial profiling and an unprecedented level of deportations—over 150 organizations delivered a letter to the Secretary demanding an end to ICE holds, a key component of the program.
Over 150 immigrant, labor, faith, and civil rights organizations, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), endorsed the letter, which asks Secretary Johnson to use his “existing legal authority to end ICE’s use of holds to enlist local police as so-called ‘force-multipliers’ that amplify the enforcement of unjust immigration laws.” ICE holds are requests from ICE to local law enforcement agencies to detain individuals suspected of civil immigration violations; as part of the Secure Communities program (S-Comm), they have led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of individuals since President Obama took office.
The letter comes just weeks after the Acting Inspector General of DHS was suspended for corruption, including altering a report that was supposed to address criticism of S-Comm. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has called for a new investigation, noting that DHS has consistently failed to ensure appropriate “accountability of the flawed Secure Communities program.” To date, over 60 jurisdictions across the country have passed policies limiting or ending submission to ICE holds. The national trend comes as a response to S-Comm’s indiscriminate separation of families and chilling effect on immigrant communities’ willingness to reach out to police for assistance. Most recently, dozens of counties across three states—Oregon, Washington, and Colorado—have announced that they will no longer respond to ICE holds following a federal district court decision that held that detaining an individual on the basis of an ICE hold violates the Fourth Amendment.
On April 17, 19 activists were arrested in a civil disobedience at the Suffolk Detention Center in Boston, MA calling for an end to S-Comm and condemning the President’s record 2 million deportations since taking office.
“Among the irreparable problems with S-Comm is the fact that it has been unsuccessfully rebooted so many times that it is now impossible for a ‘fresh start’, which is why the consensus view is that it should be scrapped entirely,” said Salvador G. Sarmiento of NDLON. “And we cannot start to talk about humane policies while these programs continue to instill fear in immigrant communities and permit widespread abuse.”
San Francisco, CA - December, 04, 2012.
This Afternoon Attorney General Harris issued a bulletin that clarified that ICE hold requests are voluntary in nature and local law enforcement have full discretion to reject submission to them. The announcement comes one day after the reintroduction of the TRUST Act (now AB4). The TRUST Act has received broad support including faith leaders and Congressional representatives and the promise from the Governor to sign a new version this session. Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to make the TRUST Act a priority for the coming term.
Reactions from Advocates below:
"Whether someone is subject to deportation as the result of a minor infraction ought not depend on what County the person is in; the Attorney General's guidance demonstrates the need for a statewide policy in the form of legislation such as the TRUST Act," said Thomas A. Saenz. President and General Counsel of MALDEF.
"Attorney General Harris's bulletin affirms the urgent need for the TRUST Act to be signed into law, immediately. A consensus exists in California that Secure Communities has been a disaster, and it is now clear that the lone voices of opposition to TRUST ACT last year were misguided," said Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He continued, "It simply makes no sense for California to comply with voluntary requests and to fill jails with peaceful immigrants at state expense, in order to fuel a broken, unjust federal deportation system."
"AG Harris' acknowledgement that ICE holds are voluntary underscores the need for statewide legislation. Law enforcement should not respond to ICE holds because they undercut community policing strategies by making immigrant victims and witnesses to crime fearful of coming forward. With over 82,000 deportations under S-Comm from California the need for the TRUST Act is more urgent than ever," explained Angela Chan, Senior Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus.
Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of CA Immigrant Policy Center said: "Today's announcement from California's top law enforcement leaders should eliminate the confusion among some sheriffs about the legal force of detainers. These cruel and costly requests are voluntary. But that alone won't end the suffering of thousands of Californians who are torn from their families each month. The only logical next step is a strong, statewide standard that limits these burdensome requests. The only logical step is the TRUST Act."
“Secure Communities” Immigration Holds Lead to Illegally Prolonged Detentions of Tens of Thousands
(Los Angeles) - Six people have brought a landmark class-action lawsuit against Sheriff Baca and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on grounds they are or were illegally detained in the jails and stations of Los Angeles County Jail for days, weeks, or months after they were entitled to be released because they are the subject of “immigration holds.” Immigration holds, sometimes called “immigration detainers,” are notices issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting that an individual in local custody be held pending further action. Unlike warrants, they are issued without any judicial determination of probable cause, and they are frequently issued in error.
Washington DC Maintains Bright Line Between Police and Wrongful Deportation Policies
June 05, 2012. Washington, DC
The Washington, DC Council was praised by a wide coalition of community, faith, and labor organizations for passing the Immigration Detainer Compliance Emergency Amendment Act in response to today’s federally imposed activation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s controversial "Secure Communities" deportation program.
The act, which was introduced by Councilmember Mendelson, will limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement's use of District facilities and equipment and also narrows S-Comm’s deportation dragnet by only responding to immigration detention requests for individuals who are over 18 and have been convicted of a dangerous crime. Last fall the permanent version of the act, the Immigration Detainer Compliance Amendment, was unanimously co-sponsored by all DC councilmembers. The act builds upon the Mayor’s Order 2011-174 (October 19, 2011) that prohibits all public safety agencies from inquiring about individuals’ immigration status or transmitting information about immigration status.
Sarahi Uribe of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network says, "We're proud to live in a city with a bright line guarding against unjust deportation policies that erode trust, divide our communities, and endanger our families. DC has joined a growing trend of local governments that care about protecting the safety and rights of their residents. When DHS Secretary Napolitano spread S-Comm throughout the country, it triggered a movement that is growing stronger by the day to resist and overcome the criminalization of immigrants.”
32BJ Capital Area Director Jaime Contreras adds: “Secure Communities only leaves us less secure as crimes go unreported and victims go unprotected when immigrants fear the police. City Council members are doing the right thing by passing legislation to preserve community trust and to reduce the number of unjust deportations. Enforcement-only tactics break up families, disrupt businesses, distract local law enforcement and drain local budgets. Congress must pass fair and balanced reform now to ensure immigrants are full participants in our economic recovery”
Jaime Farrant, Executive Director of AYUDA a legal services provider to the immigrant community including domestic violence victims, says: We salute the DC Council's approval of the Immigration Detainer Compliance Emergency Amendment Act. We believe that it is a positive step towards ensuring that DC maintains its reputation as a place where immigrants are welcomed and can have the opportunity to succeed in this country. Furthermore, we welcome the measure's desire to guarantee that immigrant crime victims can continue to trust their local authorities, and that they can turn to them for relief and assistance without fear of being punished when seeking help."
Nikki Daruwala, Executive Director, DC Jobs with Justice commented: "Today's passage of the Immigration Detainer Emergency Compliance Act is a major triumph for working people in the District. It speaks directly to the fundamental importance of keeping our city vibrant and diverse while protecting and advancing the rights of all its residents. Kudos to the DC Council for coming together in a timely manner to pass this vital piece of legislation."