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White House Continues to Muddle Immigration Policy, Defend Indefensible
April 15, 2014 - Washington, DC 
In response to statements made by White House Domestic Policy Advisory, Cecilia Muñoz regarding potential executive action on immigration during a thorough and fair interview by Leon Krauze, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
"Cecilia's remarks today lay bare the very false logic used by the Obama Administration that has contributed to the current deportation crisis.  Everyone knows that political calculations and not legal limitations are delaying inevitable actions the President must take to mitigate the injustice of the status quo and to advance prospects for legislation in Congress. The first thing the Obama Administration can do to advance immigration reform is to exercise its legal authority instead of attempting to deny its existence.   Instead, the White House continues to use fallacious arguments to defend the indefensible, and one is left to wonder whether good policy or bad politics is the driving factor at play."  
NDLON launched the #Not1More campaign with local partners in April of 2013 to demand executive action to expand relief, halt deportations, and end the Secure Communities program. Since then more than 500 organizations, 4,000 people of faith, and 35 Congressmen have sent letters to the President requesting executive action. On April 5th more than 80 cities held 100 events protesting deportations. The same day marked the beginning of an on-going presence on the White House lawn of families facing deportation asking the adminstration for relief.
In February of 2014, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed a formal rulemaking petition under the Administrative Procedure Act considered to be the authoritative document articulating the legal authority and historical precedent for executive action on immigration.
Last week, a Blue Ribbon Commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders formed as an independent and parallel body to makerecommendations for immediate implementation by the President as he instructs DHS to perform its own review of deportation policy.  The report outlines 14 steps available under the legal authority of the President to reduce the harm caused by the status quo and expand affirmative relief to the undocumented.  
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During Meeting with DHS Sec. Johnson, NDLON's Undocumented Representative Seeks Audience for Blue Ribbon Commission, Answers on Deportation Quota
"Invitations Will Not Slow Grassroots Movement," Says Tania Unzueta "Until Deportations Are Stopped These Meetings Are More About Pageantry Than Policy."
Washington, DC  - March 25, 2014
In a follow-up to the White House meeting with immigration advocates where the President scolded any criticism of his deportation record and attempted to redirect attention to House Republicans, the administration invited representatives to a meeting with DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson.
"It's a question whether the administration called the meeting to take action on deportations or to try to prevent it," states Tania Unzueta#Not1More Campaign organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the meeting's only undocumented attendee.
During the meeting that Unzueta described as formal and uncomfortable given Johnson's roll in administering the removal of people whose cases NDLON takes on, Unzueta presented the groups formal rulemaking petition, filed with DHS in early February and still awaiting required response under the Administrative Procedure Act, submitted 18 cases of individuals facing deportation for immediate review and sought the Secretary's stance on expanding the deferred action program to provide immediate relief as has been granted immigrant youth.
"What the President did for immigrant youth like myself can be done for a far broader group of undocumented immigrants who might qualify for immigration reform if it were passed but instead are continuing to be deported by the administration. Secretary Johnson will have to choose which part of the administration's rhetoric to actually implement because he can't maintain a deportation quota and be more humane at the same time," adds Unzueta.
Many say that the meetings are an attempt to quell the grassroots pressure that has risen to a fever pitch and galvanized a consensus that the President must use his authority to expand relief immediately.
The conversation with Sec. Johnson comes the day after protesters in Alabama chained themselves together to block deportations at the Etowah Detention Center, as hunger strikes by detainees in Washington state and Texas, and only days ahead of what has been called the "Two Million Too Many" National Day of Action to Stop Deportations on April 5th.
Unzueta continues, "Instead of participating in the pageantry of the meeting, I asked for a conversation with the President on behalf of the Blue Ribbon Commission of undocumented leaders that formed in response to his review.  Invitations like these are meant to relieve pressure on the administration but we want a relief to the suffering of our families.  Until that happens the pressure will only grow."
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President Obama is Far from Being Champion-in-Chief, Immigration Policies Must Evolve
March 06, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
In response to the President's statement that he is a "champion-in-chief" for immigrant communities, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
"As long as the President's Secure Communities deportation policy resembles Arizona's SB1070 more than California's TRUST ACT, he has no business claiming to be a champion of anything other than the misery that his policies have propagated.

His statement is simply not true.  The President has not done nearly enough to exercise discretion using existing laws.  To the contrary, his excercise of discretion has been inadequate and counterproductive.  The good news is that he still has time to be a champion for immigrants, but his position on immigration will have to evolve- and very quickly- to earn that title.  We judge his actions and not his rhetoric because words don't provide relief but his pen can.  
It's clear that the fight for immigration reform is entering a new stage, and immigrants and their organizations are issuing a declaration of  independence from partisan politics.  We will hold friends and foes accountable, as we seek solutions to address the deportation crisis in furtherance of  equality.  "
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White House Budget Reflects Administration's Inaccuracy and Contradiction on Immigration
The President Cannot Deport His Way to Reform
This morning, the White House released its 2015 budget proposal, outlining its priorities and requesting to fund programs aimed at fulfilling its deportation quota. The budget proposal also highlights the inaccuracy of White House statements related to its deportation record. 
In December, the President told Ju Hong, a young undocumented immigrant who interrupted his speech asking for help for his family, that he has no power to reduce deportations; a statement later debunked by a formal rulemaking petition submitted to the Department of Homeland Security.  While in 2011, White House Domestic Policy and former director of NCLR, Cecilia Muñoz, told PBS "even broken laws have to be enforced," incorrectly citing the Congressional budget as the basis of an apparent deportation quota.  
Reacting to the 2015 budget proposal, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statements:
"The President's budget belies his rhetoric on immigration, and it calls into question whether he is sincere about protecting immigrants and advancing immigration reform in the Congress.   Every proposed dollar for disasterous programs like Secure Communities or 287(g) is a dollar misspent on a destructive,  inhumane, and wasteful deportation machine.
The administration cannot hide its own record behind Republican's extremism when it continues to propose funding for extremely cruel enforcement.   The President must stop ratifying the premises of the nativists, and he must resolve the hypocrisy reflected in his budget.   His "enforcement first" deportation gambit has failed miserably.  It has failed immigrants, and it has failed in Congress.  It's time for a new course.   If he truly supports the path to citizenship passed in the Senate, his proposed budget should reflect that.  He can't be an immigration reformer and the deporter-in-chief at the same time. " 
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In response to the GOP's principles on immigration released today, Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:

"We are concerned the nativists within the Republican party now control the the whip hand on the immigration reform debate. The GOP's principles make clear they continue to seek the criminalization of immigrants and the Arizonification of the country.

The best way forward is for the President to lead with concrete action. A suspension of deportations would galvanize consensus for reform and put the immigrant rights movement into a win-win position. It would alleviate unnecessary suffering and prolonged injustice immediately. It would resolve inconsistency in the President's position, and it would make clear that legalization can no longer be used as a bargaining chip."



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"Tonight's speech was both a disappointment and a call to action for immigrants to increase pressure on the President for relief and for their rights. If the President wants 2014 to be a year of action, immigration is one area where he can and should lead by example. The President has already shown that he has broad legal authority in the realm of immigration; but to date, he has mostly exercised that authority poorly as part of a failed political strategy.

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Sheriff Baca Leaves Behind Terrible Record on Immigration,
Replacement Will Need to Reverse Course

January 07, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
"Sheriff Baca leaves behind a terrible record on immigration." explains Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Under Sheriff Baca's tenure, Los Angeles became a pilot location for the federal Secure Communities deportation quota program, which is responsible for deporting 31,000 LA residents to date (more people than have been deported under the same program by the notorious Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County Arizona).

The Sheriff further tarnished his relationship with immigrant communities and encouraged comparisons with the Arizona Sheriff after he stated that undocumented residents in LA do not have civil rights in a 2011 KCRW interview.

In response to the reports that LA County Sheriff Baca will resign, Alvarado commented on the implications for his successor, "Going forward the rights of immigrants will undoubtedly be a campaign issue. We fully expect any candidate to replace the Sheriff to make their position clear during the campaign."


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Obama Can't Be Champion of Reform and Deporter-in-Chief At the Same Time
November 15, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA
In response to the DHS announcement that it will not pursue deportation of military relatives due to 'stress and anxiety' it can cause, Marisa Franco, organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
"The memo is a reflection of two basic facts:  first, current US deportation policy is unjust, and second, the President has the power to do something about it.    The anxiety that military families being separated experience is a trauma that no family should go through. We applaud the step and it underscores the truth that the President can and should do more, for all families. The President has the legal authority and the moral obligation to significantly expand upon the memo released today." 
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Signing of TRUST expected to propel national immigration debate in new direction



When: Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 AM  Pacific / 1:30 PM  Eastern

Who: Confirmed speakers include - 

  • Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D - San Francisco
  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist and founder of Define American
  • Rabbi Ken Chasen, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
  • Neidi Dominguez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  • María Sánchez, LA mom facing deportation due to arrest over a fender-bender in Torrance; member of POWER
  • Dean Santos, youth who faced deportation after minor arrest, member of ASPIRE

The call is hosted by the organizational sponsors of the TRUST Act: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, California Immigrant Policy Center, ACLU of California, and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Background: Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the TRUST Act (AB 4 - Ammiano)  along with several other key pro-immigrant measures Saturday   has brought hope to millions of immigrant Californians and galvanized immigrant advocates across the nation. On Monday's tele-press conference, key leaders will examine the TRUST Act's impact on California, neighboring states, and national immigration reform debate.

The TRUST Act will ease the painful impact of the "Secure" Communities or S-Comm deportation program, which turns even low level or unjustified arrests into extended detentions for deportation purposes in local jails, separating families and undermining community confidence in law enforcement. S-Comm has deported a total of nearly 100,000 Californians to date, most with minor or no convictions. 

The compromise version of TRUST signed into law by the Governor gives law enforcement much more leeway to respond to immigration "detainer" requests than last year's version of the bill, while setting a minimum standard to ensure that those with most low-level, non-violent offenses are not wastefully held for deportation purposes. For example, the bill allows holds for both felony convictions and also for those accused of felonies under certain circumstances. The new law also allows holds for people with a number of higher level misdemeanor (or “wobbler”) convictions within 5 years, and for certain federal criminal convictions.

The new law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014  , has earned a growing wave of support including former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanopolice chiefs  including San Diego’s Chief Lansdowne, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, 28 members of US Congresslegal experts, and faith leaders.


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TRUST Act Signed into Law in California


October 5, 2013. - Los Angeles, CA

In response to Governor Jerry Brown signing the California TRUST Act (AB4) into law, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado released the following statement:

"The tide is turning.  California’s historic legislation marks a shift of the pendulum away from the criminalization of immigrants and against the idea that police should have any role in immigration enforcement. The more the public learns about the failed  Secure Communities deportation program,  the more clear it becomes that it should be ended. The President should take a cue from the state of California and other locales that have rejected his deportation quota program and reverse course on his Administration's policies of Arizonification.

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