Watch the livestream of the Town Hall event on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 from 6-8pm.
Find more information below and at the Facebook Event link here:
Recent events have underscored the significance of community policing initiatives and amplified the importance of trust in law enforcement. With immigration reform stalled in Congress and DAPA/the expansion of DACA temporarily blocked by the courts, there is growing community anxiety as ICE is preparing to implement its newest deportation initiative. Within this context, Los Angeles County has an obligation to protect all of its residents and to provide leadership for the rest of the country.
Instead, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is formulating a policy of collaboration with ICE, which among other things, will include the implementation of the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP or PEP-Comm) in Los Angeles County. This policy is likely to set the standard for the rest of the country.
It is of the utmost importance that community members, along with other important stakeholders, have an opportunity to discuss how local law enforcement collaboration with ICE directly affects them and their community.
We invite you to join us in this discussion!
Chuy Garcia, Cook County Commissioner
Jennie Pasquarella, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
Thomas Saenz, President of MALDEF
Paolo Jara-Riveros, Community Member
-- more TBA
Norma Roque, Univision Reporter
Other Distinguished Guests:
Sean M. Scott, Senior Associate Dean, Loyola Law School
Jeanne Roe Smith, Campus Pastor, Wesley Foundation at UCLA
Irvin de la O, Deputy, Congressman Xavier Becerra's Office
Lizette Escobedo, Field Director, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's Office
Blanca Jimenez, District Director, Congresswoman Maxine Waters' Office
Lieutenant Alfred Labrada, Community Outreach Liaison, Los Angeles Police Department
Pedro Ramirez, Constituent Services, LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo's Office
Carlos Urquiza, District Director, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
- more to come
Translation will be provided in Spanish.
Parking is $9 on site and there is also street parking available.
ACLU of Southern California, All Saints, Alliance for Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, ASPIRE-Los Angeles, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA, CLEAN Carwash Campaign, CLUE LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Dignity and Power Now, Dream Team Los Angeles, Enlace, Garment Worker Center, Grupo Primero de Abril, ICE Out of L.A. Coalition, Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Coalition, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Labor and Employment Law Society of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Brown Berets, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition, Malibu Community Labor Exchange, NAACP Pasadena Branch, 1054, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Immigration Law Center, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, RAIZ, Roofers Union Local 36, UCLA Labor Center, Youth Justice Coalition
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2015
President's Own Task Force Calls to "Decouple" Immigration Enforcement from Local Police
Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following remarks:
"Today, the President's own task force has recognized what we've been saying for years: local police and sheriffs should not be involved in immigration enforcement. It's bad for community policing, it's bad for public safety, and it's bad for fundamental civil rights.
"The task force recommendations underscore that there are many things the White House and Department of Homeland Security can still do to address the crisis of trust that exists between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, including ending all efforts to harness local and state resources through notification, detention, and transfer requests. The White House should heed the call from its panel of experts and can begin by switching off failed immigration enforcement programs in places of heightened concern, including Arizona and Texas."
Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (available here)
Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement (available here)
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2015
NDLON and ACLU Litigation Reveals Details about ICE Deportation Program
Advocates call for end to unconstitutional jail-based detention
Los Angeles, CA—The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the ACLU have released a copy of the Department of Homeland Security's new draft immigration detainer form, obtained through litigation challenging detention of individuals pursuant to immigration detainers as unconstitutional. The draft form is part of the Obama Administration's new "Priority Enforcement Program," which is set to replace the widely criticized Secure Communities Deportation program. Announced in November 2014, the program is expected to go into effect imminently.
The new detainer form continues to request that local law enforcement agencies detain individuals identified as deportable by ICE beyond their release date for transfer to immigration. Like the old detainer form, which was challenged in litigation around the country, the new form fails to provide a judicial determination of probable cause to support the requested detention.
"The draft form indicates that DHS has failed to correct the serious constitutional flaws with immigration detainers," said Jessica Bansal, NDLON Litigation Director. "PEP, like S-Comm, is setting itself up to be a liability trap for unwary local law enforcement agencies, which bear legal responsibility for detaining individuals on ICE holds."
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, said, "At a time when criminal justice reform, biased policing, and epidemic rates of mass incarceration are at the forefront of the national agenda, the new PEP program sends a chilling message that immigrants are not entitled to equal justice under the law. Relief for some immigrants cannot and must not be used as a justification to condemn other immigrants. We call on the Obama Administration to end its disastrous deportation policy and immediately stop the felonizing of immigrant families."
"Six months ago, the Obama Administration promised that it would no longer ask localities to detain people on ICE detainers except in rare 'special circumstances,'" said Jennie Pasquarella, Staff Attorney with the ACLU-SC. "But these draft forms show that ICE has left that promise behind, and it actually intends to continue the routine, dragnet use of detainers that courts have repeatedly condemned."
"ICE detainers continue to violate basic civil liberties, as a single ICE agent can lock someone up without any oversight or judicial approval," said Kate Desormeau, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "ICE detainers have led to racial profiling and illegal detentions around the country. It is time for ICE to end this practice once and for all."
As Bristol Sheriff Grand Stands, Law Enforcement State-wide Put on Notice About Potential Liability of Submitting to ICE Requests
Immigrants groups confront Bristol Sheriff about anti-immigrant policies, warn of recent court rulings against detainers prompted by S-Comm
Boston, MA, July 25, 2014 — On Thursday, immigrant and civil rights groups confronted Bristol Sheriff Hodgson as he finished delivering remarks to the press following a closed-door meeting with MA representatives about the child refugee crisis. The Sheriff, an advocate for the failed Secure Communities deportation quota program, has now set his sights on clashing with the governor over treatment of child refugees in detention at the border.
After a tense exchange with Hodgson, the Sheriff accepted calls from immigrants to meet and committed to meeting as soon as possible. “The Sheriffs own statements about immigrants are the strongest argument for the need for the TRUST Act that prevents discrimination and restores the confidence in law enforcement that federal deportation programs have shredded to pieces in Massachusetts,” said Salvador Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organzing Network.
In the meeting, the groups seek to discuss a letter sent to every County Sheriff last week warning them to end submission to immigration detainer requests or potentially be held liable in the wake of federal court decisions finding that the submission to ICE holds is in violation of the 4th Amendment. See the letter here.
Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente, “ICE has made it routine to detain individuals based on suspicion, instead of probable cause like the U.S. Constitution demands. When law enforcement gets tangled up in that kind of abuse, public trust in law enforcement suffers and our neighborhood safety disappears. That’s why sheriffs across the country are making the right decision by rejecting ICE holds. We hope our elected officials in Massachusetts correct their policies as soon as possible to stop the damage S-Comm has caused."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // excuse cross-posting
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.”
Los Angeles City Council Votes on TRUST Act
National Day Laborer Organizing Network Statement
LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles City Council votes on the TRUST Act today following incorrect claims made earlier this week by some sheriffs that the measure conflicts with federal law.
Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement:
“Sherriff Lee Baca’s profound misunderstanding of the law and his unwillingness to join the rest of us in an earnest policy discussion is proof of the need for the TRUST Act.”
Press release on letter from law professors and deans to Gov. Brown refuting sheriffs’ claims below
Prominent Law Professors and Deans Endorse TRUST Act,
Refute Some Sheriffs’ Incorrect Claims that Measure Conflicts with Federal Law
Support for Legislation Reaches Critical Mass as Key Law Enforcement Officials Back Bill to Limit Immigrant Detentions
SACRAMENTO – Support for the TRUST Act, the California legislation billed as the “Anti-Arizona” immigration policy, continues to grow across a broad coalition urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill into law.
Top law professors from around the country issued a letter to Gov. Brown today supporting the legislation and refuting the principal argument against the TRUST Act(AB 1081 – Ammiano). The letter, signed by 31 professors, explains that federal requests to local law enforcement officials to detain undocumented immigrants for additional time are not orders carrying the force of law, as some sheriffs have claimed. In fact, the Professors explain, these “hold” requests are completely optional, and California’s effort to limit them is entirely within its power. Pledges made by some Sheriffs to defy the legislation if it is signed into law have no legal basis.
Meanwhile, two crucial new law enforcement leaders endorsed the legislation this week, including a past President of the State Sheriff’s Association. The endorsement highlights divisions within the Association, the sole entity which has registered opposition to the bill. The division emerged as a wide coalition continues to grow in support of the bill.
The TRUST Act has captured national attention. It would rebuild community confidence in law enforcement – and save local resources – by limiting unfair detentions for deportation purposes in local jails often caused by the federal government’s “Secure Communities” deportation program.
Key points made to the Governor in the law professors’ letter include:
- The primary opposition argument against the TRUST Act - that immigration detainers are mandatory orders - is without merit
- Immigration detainers raise Due Process and Fourth Amendment concerns
- The TRUST Act would support Equal Protection guarantees under the Constitution.
While the California State Sheriffs’ Association remains opposed, letters of support from individual law enforcement leaders have poured into the Governor’s office this week, including from Santa Clara County Sherriff Laurie Smith and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. (They join Oakland Police Chief Jordan and Palo Alto Police Burns.) Other new supporters of the measure include the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus; the California Legislative Black Caucus; the Califomia Latino Legislative Caucus, and the California Legislative Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Caucus, who sent a joint letter to the Governor earlier this week.
Under the TRUST Act, local law enforcement would have clear guidelines on when not to submit to immigration hold requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while allowing holds for those convicted or charged with serious or violent felonies. Cook County and Chicago have far more expansive legislation already in place.
In California alone, nearly 80,000 immigrants have been deported since the program’s inception. As of July 2012, cumulative data shows that 69 percent of deportations were of people not convicted of a crime or convicted of only minor offenses, including traffic violations, selling food without a permit, and others. A recent report showed that California spends $65 million annually to participate in the program.
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Legal Analysis of immigration detainers and the constitutionality of their enforcement:
"Administrative detainers are unsupported by sworn evidence or probable cause, and they are not reviewed by a neutral magistrate. Local detention based solely on a detainer from ICE is no more jusitfied under the law than detention based on a postcard from ICE."
- Michael J. Wishnie, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
"Without the TRUST Act, individual local police will, in practical effect, be entrusted with the discretion to make federal immigration policy on the ground by deciding who is arrested and brought into contact with the federal immigration enforcement system. Federal prosecutorial discretion can only have a limited effect in detecting and eliminating any racial and ethnic profiling that occurs in the initial arrest context."
- Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA Law School.
"DHS has made it mandatory that all counties participate in Secure Communities by sharing fingerprint information, but the requests for ICE holds have never been mandatory and are just that, requests."
- Allison Davenport, Clinical Instructor & Lecturer International Human Rights Law Clinic University of California, Berkeley School of Law
California TRUST Act, DC Bill Set New 'Commonsense' Trend
7.10.2012. Washington, DC.
Days after the California senate passed a "Post- Arizona SB1070” bill called the TRUST act, and on the day the Washington DC council is signed a similar bill (Bill 19-585) into law, more than twelve cities launched efforts to develop local policies that restore the trust in law enforcement damaged by the Department of Homeland Security's coercive “Secure Communities” deportation program. Groups are calling for an end to the program and urging local officials to join a trend of municipalities led by Cook County, IL, California, and Washington, DC to counter the criminalization of immigrants, to protect against racial profiling, and to prevent the wrongful extended incarceration of residents for the sole purpose of deportation by setting commonsense standards for how to respond to immigration authority's voluntary hold requests.
Mary Rose Wilcox, Pastor Stewart, Puente, ACLU Cite Pending Humanitarian Crisis, Call for Suspension of Secure Communities, Termination of All 287(g) Agreements in Arizona
PHOENIX, 6/27/2012 -- In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in the Department of Justice SB1070 case that allowed section 2B, the racial profiling section of the law to move forward, more than one hundred Arizona-based organizations and notable individuals sent a letter calling on the state's former governor, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, to end DHS' collaboration with Arizona to prevent a pending "humanitarian crisis."