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Concerts Highlighting Urgency for Deportation Relief Continue Outside LA Detention Center with a Son Jarocho Performance

Los Angeles, CA - After a successful opening concert with Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will continue the Chant Down the Walls Concert series for migrants in detention by hosting Son del Centro for an evening of Son Jarocho outside the walls of the Metropolitan Detention Center in LA.

The concert, held Mondays at 5:00 PM on the corner of Aliso and Alameda bring attention to the many LA residents held in detention as the President prolongs delay of relief and reform. 

"We want the people inside to know they're not forgotten," says Claudia Bautista, organizer of the ICE Out of LA Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "ICE tries to disappear our families and hide our loved ones in plain sight. We're here to say that these walls cannot divide us and we will keep fighting until ICE stops seeing us as quota fillers and until the President grants us relief."

What: Part two of Chant Down the Walls Concert Series

When: Monday October 20, at 5:00 PM

Where: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center (180 N Los Angeles St Los Angeles, California 90012)

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MALDEF AND NDLON FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BALDWIN PARK FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TRUST ACT

 One Year Following Passage of Law That Limits Cruel and Costly Immigration “Holds” in Local Jails, Groups Call Out Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA — MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an “immigration hold,” in violation of the California TRUST Act.

The TRUST Act (AB 4), which went into effect on January 1, 2014, limits cruel and costly immigration “holds” in local jails. California’s TRUST Act sought to restore trust between police and immigrant communities in the wake of the Secure Communities program - a discredited federal deportation program that has led to the separation of hundreds of thousands of immigrant families. In direct violation of the law, Baldwin Park Police intentionally and illegally detained Mr. Flores, who was arrested for driving without a license and has no criminal history, for several days on the sole basis of an immigration “hold” request. As a result of his unlawful detention, Mr. Flores is now facing the prospect of deportation and separation from his U.S. citizen son.

”Law enforcement officials who choose to honor ICE holds issued against peaceful immigrants raising families in California undermine public safety and community cohesion,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel.  “State law now clearly prohibits this detrimental conduct by police in California.”

In addition to violating Mr. Flores’ rights under the TRUST Act, the Baldwin Park Police Department refused to allow Mr. Flores to post bail for which he was eligible, and which he was willing and able to pay. By confining Mr. Flores without cause or a judicial warrant Baldwin Park City was in direct violation of state law. 

Matthew Barragan, MALDEF Staff Attorney, stated: “The TRUST Act is intended to restore community trust for immigrants who are too afraid of deportation to report crime to local law enforcement.  The Baldwin Park Police Department is destroying that trust and transparency, making us all less safe.”

Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON Staff Attorney, stated: “On the first anniversary of the TRUST Act passage, this lawsuit sends a clear message to law enforcement agencies throughout the state—if you illegally detain people in violation of this law, you will be held accountable. No more of California’s immigrant families should face separation as a result of cruel, unlawful immigration holds.” 

Additionally, the lawsuit intends to prevent any further wasteful and illegal expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars in detaining individuals on the basis of immigration “holds” alone. The lawsuit alleges that Flores’ unlawful detention shows that Baldwin Park City officials are detaining individuals in violation of the TRUST Act.

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MALDEF AND NDLON FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BALDWIN PARK FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TRUST ACT

 One Year Following Passage of Law That Limits Cruel and Costly Immigration “Holds” in Local Jails, Groups Call Out Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA — MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an “immigration hold,” in violation of the California TRUST Act.

The TRUST Act (AB 4), which went into effect on January 1, 2014, limits cruel and costly immigration “holds” in local jails. California’s TRUST Act sought to restore trust between police and immigrant communities in the wake of the Secure Communities program - a discredited federal deportation program that has led to the separation of hundreds of thousands of immigrant families. In direct violation of the law, Baldwin Park Police intentionally and illegally detained Mr. Flores, who was arrested for driving without a license and has no criminal history, for several days on the sole basis of an immigration “hold” request. As a result of his unlawful detention, Mr. Flores is now facing the prospect of deportation and separation from his U.S. citizen son.

”Law enforcement officials who choose to honor ICE holds issued against peaceful immigrants raising families in California undermine public safety and community cohesion,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel.  “State law now clearly prohibits this detrimental conduct by police in California.”

In addition to violating Mr. Flores’ rights under the TRUST Act, the Baldwin Park Police Department refused to allow Mr. Flores to post bail for which he was eligible, and which he was willing and able to pay. By confining Mr. Flores without cause or a judicial warrant Baldwin Park City was in direct violation of state law. 

Matthew Barragan, MALDEF Staff Attorney, stated: “The TRUST Act is intended to restore community trust for immigrants who are too afraid of deportation to report crime to local law enforcement.  The Baldwin Park Police Department is destroying that trust and transparency, making us all less safe.”

Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON Staff Attorney, stated: “On the first anniversary of the TRUST Act passage, this lawsuit sends a clear message to law enforcement agencies throughout the state—if you illegally detain people in violation of this law, you will be held accountable. No more of California’s immigrant families should face separation as a result of cruel, unlawful immigration holds.” 

Additionally, the lawsuit intends to prevent any further wasteful and illegal expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars in detaining individuals on the basis of immigration “holds” alone. The lawsuit alleges that Flores’ unlawful detention shows that Baldwin Park City officials are detaining individuals in violation of the TRUST Act.

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NDLON Reacts to LA County Renewal of 287(g) Agreement with ICE

Los Angeles, CA - In reaction to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voting to renew it's 287(g) agreement at the request of the current unelected Sheriff, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement:

"It's not unexpected from Supervisor Molina, who failed to monitor the program locally or keep pace with the rest of the country, to see the Board's reckless vote today. Molina's stigmatization of the victims of enforcement casts a cloud of suspicion over the entire immigrant community and ignores the realities of criminalization.  

The Board's symbolic votes illustrates their failed leadership and the trust deficit elected officials have with communities, but it will not be what determines Los Angeles' future.

The 287(g) program will likely be terminated at the federal level, and we will work with the next Sheriff and the new Board to ensure Los Angeles County takes appropriate steps to restore trust in law enforcement, respect civil rights, and protect all residents."

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On one year anniversary of landmark CA TRUST ACT, is Los Angeles poised to buck national trend of de-Arizonification?

ICE Out of LA Coalition to Rally Before BOS Vote.

 

October 6, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA

Though hard to believe, there are rumors that the LA Board of Supervisors might vote to extend 287(g), a deportation program that has been discredited and essentially abandoned across the country.

 

Conceived as a program to "disappear" immigrants without due process or probable cause, the program works hand in hand with the infamous Secure Communities program.   The result of jail based deportations has been a deportation surge, civil rights violations, and erosion of public safety.    In fact, in LA County, 44%  of Latinos report being less likely to call the police out of fear that authorities will investigate their immigration status.    Even the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio has acknowledged that the 287(g) program caused racial profiling.    

 

Now, 250 jurisdictions have taken steps to protect residents from brutal, unconstitutional detainer initiated deportations.  On the eve of vote in Los Angeles, residents, immigrants, civil rights leaders, and labor leaders are planning to rally at the Board of Supervisors tomorrow morning at 9:00 am to oppose the program outside of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

 

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) states, "From Washington DC to LA county, there is a trust deficit right now when it comes to policymaking on immigration.    We fully expect LA supervisors to do the right thing and continue progress toward creating a clear line between local police and deportation efforts by ending the 287(g) agreement.  The TRUST Act passed one year ago was a major step forward followed by Los Angeles refusing to submit to Immigration’s unconstitutional detainer requests. Now the Board has the opportunity to further remove Arizona-style policies from LA’s books.”

 

Luis Ojeda, from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), says, "There is no reason for ICE to be in LA jails period.  Particularly for the Supervisors who are primarily motivated by public safety considerations , this should be an easy vote as there is a mountain of evidence that 287(g) has undermined community safety."


"It's rather surprising that there is still a debate on 287g,” explains Shiu-Ming Cheer, Immigration Attorney with the National Immigration Law Center. “As federal courts have found across the country, programs like this are on shaky Constitutional grounds. Los Angeles County should do what’s best for our residents and get rid of this immoral and discredited program.”  

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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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California Day Laborers Applaud Introduction of SR51 to Celebrate Diversity and Recognize Harm of Anti-Immigrant Initiatives

 

In response to the introduction of SR51 to commemorate June 23rd, the day that Prop 187 qualified for the ballot, as a day to celebrate the state’s diversity, representatives of California’s day laborer community issued the following:

 

"Throughout the history of our country there are proud advances as well as mistakes and moments of injustice that we’ve had to overcome in order to improve the lives of everyone and build a more just society. Prop 187 will be remembered as one of those errors in our past that failed to recognize and threatened the strength and the beauty of our diversity." Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.

 

"It is a sign that the intolerance and cruel politics of Prop 187 voted for in 1994 are now seen by everyone as an embarrassment and stain on this state's record.  SR51 will be a step forward by celebrating our diversity and recognizing the harm done by anti-immigrant bills that have no place in California." - Suzanne Foster, Executive Director of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

 

"The people of California are leading the nation in recognizing the contributions immigrant families make to the state's economy, culture and spirit," said Martha Arevalo, CARECEN’s executive director.  "We hope this effort sends a message to the rest of the country that this nation was built by immigrants, should value diversity and stands strong against measures of exclusion."

 

“In California, we are moving toward a greater unity that recognizes the humanity and equality of all the residents who make it great regardless of their country of origin or their current immigration status. To work with dignity, live without fear, and receive respect are unalienable rights. NDLON is committed to working with immigrant communities, legislators, and our allies to continue to turn the page and usher in a new era of inclusion and equality in California." – Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

 

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Coalition Files New Suit to Halt Arpaio’s Workplace Raids
Calls State Laws on Which Raids Are Based Unconstitutional

 

What: Press conference to announce suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery 

When: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where: Outside MCSO Headquarters, 550 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ (Livestream will be available to watch here)

Plaintiffs and their attorneys will be available for interviews at the press conference

PHOENIX – Several Maricopa County residents, joined by immigrant rights and civil rights groups, will today announce the filing of a new class-action lawsuit, Puente Arizona v. Arpaio, which challenges the County’s enforcement of two state laws that turn immigrants into felons simply for working to provide for their families.

The suit comes almost five years to the day from when young Katherine Figueroa brought national attention to Arpaio’s raids through a YouTube plea to President Obama after she witnessed both her parents being arrested at a raid on live television. That day marked the beginning of a long and courageous fight by Katherine to reunite her family.

Arizona legislators amended the state’s identity theft laws in 2007 and 2008 at the urging of then-Representative Russell Pearce (whose anti-immigrant agenda prompted his recall in 2011). Since then, MCSO has conducted over 80 raids and arrested over 790 workers.

“Our boss always told us that he would call the Sheriff if any of us complained about the extra hours that he forced us to work without pay. Fear of a raid kept us silent but then it happened anyways,” said Sara Cervantes Arreola, a plaintiff in the case and Glendale mother who was arrested during a raid on Lam’s Supermarket last year. “I’m part of the suit because working to provide for my family is not a crime and I want my record cleared.”

 “Arpaio tries to say he stands for law and order but he violates the law more often than he enforces it,” said Carlos Garcia of Puente, an organizational plaintiff in the case. “After so many years of suffering, the community Arpaio has built his career on attacking is now the one taking the Sheriff to court.”

“Arizona overstepped its authority when it recast its identity theft laws to target undocumented workers,” said Leah Gasser-Ordaz, a student with the University of California, Irvine School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, which is representing plaintiffs. “In their quest to make life so miserable for immigrants that they would ‘self-deport,’ lawmakers violated constitutional federalism principles and the fundamental value of equal protection of the laws.”

“Maricopa County is the only jurisdiction systematically enforcing these tools given to it by the state legislature,” said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona and co-counsel for plaintiffs. “We know from past experience that when the MCSO gets into the business of immigration enforcement, it’s a recipe for discrimination and abuse.”

“Across the country, people are pushing back against unjust immigration policies. In Maricopa County, we will bring Arpaio to justice and continue on to ICE and others until Arizona reflects the best of our nation’s values instead of the worst of the politics of attrition,” said co-counsel Jessica Karp, staff attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).

“Of all of Arizona’s anti-immigrant measures, I’ve seen this one take the greatest human toll,” said defense attorney and co-counsel Ray Ybarra Maldonado.

Other plaintiffs in the case include Phoenix resident Guadalupe Arredondo and Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray. The suit requests a permanent injunction preventing Maricopa County from enforcing two Arizona statutes, A.R.S. § 13-2008(A) and § 13-2009(A)(3), against undocumented workers. It also seeks to expunge the records of plaintiffs who continue to face discrimination as a result of their felony convictions.

A full list of attorneys on the case includes Professors Annie Lai and Sameer Ashar of the UCI Law Immigrant Rights Clinic; Jessica Karp of NDLON; Dan Pochoda of the ACLU Foundation of Arizona; and Ray Ybarra Maldonado of the Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado.

The complaint filed today in the U.S. District Court for Arizona is attached, and will also be available here and below.

 

 

 

 

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Somerville Mayor to Sign Order Limiting ICE Holds, First in Massachusetts to Join National Trend Against Federal S-Comm Program

S-Comm is a “wall between police and community” says Police Chief

“All eyes on Massachusetts” as immigrant communities look to other localities to follow suit

May 22, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts——Wednesday, the Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, Joseph Curtatone, announced he will sign an executive order limiting local application of ICE holds, one component of the controversial Secure Communities program (S-Comm), at a signing ceremony on Thursday at 5:30pm Eastern. The announcement comes one week after President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced they would take a "fresh look” at the deportation dragnet program—widely criticized for contributing to rampant racial profiling and an unprecedented level of deportations.

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Civil Rights Organizations Warn California Counties: New Federal Court Decision Finds Immigration Detainers Unconstitutional; Local Law Enforcement Liable for Detention
Letter Urges Counties to Join 30 Counties in Oregon, 3 in Washington, and 3 in Colorado in Ending Compliance with Detainers in Wake of Decision

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LOS ANGELES, MAY 2, 2014--Today civil rights organizations, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the ACLU of California, sent letters to every County in California urging them to end compliance with immigration detainer requests in the wake of a recent federal court decision holding that the requests are unconstitutional and local law enforcement may be held liable for money damages for complying with them.

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