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for immediate release Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668     New Study Shows Criminalization of Immigration   March 18, 2014 - Chicago, IL In response to a Pew Research Study released today, "The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes", that charts as other criminal prosecutions decline, criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses are still continuing at very high levels, Tania Unzueta, organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "At a time when the President says he will review his deportation policies, he'll also need to revise the extent to which immigration itself has been criminalized.  The administration says it is targeting criminals but uses a sleight of hand to reclassify most immigrants with that label. People who are coming back to the only home they've known or the place they've settled with their family are treated as priorities for removal simply because they've had their families and their lives divided." ###
Contact:  B Loewe  773-791-4668   NDLON:  "Not One More Delay Suspending Deportations"    (Los Angeles) In reaction to the readout from the President's meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:    "Relief delayed is relief denied.   The President has no excuse to continue his unjust deportation policy, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should not delay joining what is now a consensus position that the President can and should suspend deportations, expand deferred action, and end the disgraceful Secure Communities program.     It is clear that the House of Representatives is held hostage by a vigilante wing of the Republican Party.  In our view, the only way to ensure that the adults regain control of the GOP is for the President to take every single step allowed under existing law to stop deportations.    It's time for the President to lead by example, regardless of what the Joe Arpaio's of the world say."     NDLON launched a petition calling on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to issue its resolution to halt deportations without delay at http://bit.ly/chcnot1more   ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   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.  "   ###
For immediate release // excuse cross-posting // Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   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. " 
for immediate release / excuse cross postings / please forward.    Contact:  B Loewe,  bloewe{at}ndlon.org  773. 791.4668   Reaction to Carney Deportation Statement:  Reduction of Deportations IMPROVES chances for Comprehensive Immigration Reform    (Los Angeles/DC) In reaction to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's statement today that there is "no alternative to comprehensive immigration reform passing Congress," Pablo Alvarado, director the National Day Laborer Organizing Network responded:   "Trapping immigrants between the President's failing deportation strategy and Congress' failing negotiations is totally unacceptable.  The President can turn things around today with his pen and his phone, just as he did with the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program.     There is consensus on the need for Congress to act in order to modernize immigration statutes and bring them in line with national values.  But there is also a growing consensus that the President’s “enforcement first” approach is harming prospects for legislation.       It is time for the President to play to win on immigration reform instead of merely playing to win elections.  He has the legal authority and moral obligation to act.  Rather than continue to cave to the disingenuous and odious demands of nativist House Republicans, the President must lead with action.”   #####
Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, bloewe{at}ndlon.org Petition Filers Seek Rule Change from DHS to Suspend Deportations, Agency Required to Respond The “Si Se Puede” Filing Provides Authoritative Legal Evidence of Obama Administration’s Ability to Expand Deferred Action, Grant Relief to Future Beneficiaries of Immigration Reform The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and a group of undocumented people facing the threat of deportation are using a little known provision of the Administrative Procedure Act to formally request the Department of Homeland Security expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to the fullest extent permissible by law and to suspend deportations for immigrant workers and families who are likely future beneficiaries of immigration reform. Under the law, agencies are required to allow members of the public to petition for the issuance of new rules or changes to or repeal of existing rules. DHS must provide a response to the petition and explain its decision to grant or deny petitioners’ request. Referring to the significance of the petition drafted by the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, NDLON Staff Attorney Jessica Karp explained, “After reading this document, there is no question whether the President can stop deportations. It shows that he can and he should. The only question left is, why hasn’t he? This petition presents the dilemma to DHS formally. It gives them to opportunity to correct years of reckless enforcement and also grant relief to immigrant workers and families who the President and leaders on both sides of the isle all agree belong here.” For Jose Luis Piscil of New Haven, CT who is scheduled to appear in immigration court on March 16th, the petition is part of his urgent attempt to remain with his family after a wrongful arrest on charges that were quickly dismissed led to his placement in deportation proceedings under the federal Secure Communities deportation quota program. “The way they are currently enforcing their laws is creating nightmares in immigrants’ lives.  I want to be here for my wife and two children, to provide for them and to see them grow up.  DHS uses discretion in its enforcement. I hope it will use it in my case and change their rules so that no one else faces what my family is going through.” Many cite the “Sí se puede (Yes You Can)” rulemaking petition as the authoritative document on the…
For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668 bloewe{at}ndlon.org 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." ###  
"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.
for immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668 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." ###
  Landmark law expected to lower deportations, raise confidence in law enforcement 2013.12.30 – California's TRUST Act is poised to have a dramatic impact on the immigration debate when it goes into effect this Wednesday, January 1, along with a host of other pro-immigrant measures. As anticipation mounts in immigrant communities across the state, representatives of several organizations which sponsored the bill are available this week for phone interviews as well as in-person interviews in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The TRUST Act (AB 4 by Assemblymember Ammiano) sets a minimum standard throughout California to limit cruel and costly immigration “hold” requests in local jails. These optional requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) trap undocumented community members– and even citizens – in local jails for extra time at local expense.  Often triggered by the deeply controversial “Secure Communities” or S-Comm program, the holds have caused over 100,000 deportations in California since 2009 and have come under severe fire for undermining community confidence in law enforcement, separating families, and wasting local resources. A significant majority of the Californians deported either had minor convictions or none at all. When Governor Brown signed the bill on Oct. 5, he declared: “We’re not using our jails as a holding vat for the immigration service” and highlighted California’s move toward inclusive immigration policies as a national model:  “Just as California’s changed, Arizona’s going to change … we’re part of a grand and great transition.” The bill goes into affect amid growing calls for President Obama to follow California’s example and use his considerable executive authority to halt deportations. Meanwhile, other TRUST Acts are pending in Massachusetts and Maryland. TRUST Act – key developments since signature and resources Sea change among California Sheriffs: With support already strong among police chiefs, Congressmembers, and religious leaders, recent months have also seen key Sheriffs who once opposed TRUST shift their stances dramatically. In September, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signaled his support, and Sonoma Sheriff Steve Freitas announced he would follow TRUST. (The pair had previously threatened to defy the bill.) Since signature, several Sheriffs, including the Sheriff of Contra Costa County – which has seen the most deportations in the Bay Area – have embraced the bill. Additionally, San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon not only shifted his stance this month, but also added TRUST Act protections into a rare, controversial agreement with ICE that advocates have long protested. And following a civil disobedience demonstration by local immigrant youth - including…
Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n     December 19, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to the release of ICE’s 2013 deportation statistics, representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following: “People on all sides will look at these numbers with a great deal of skepticism. It’s easy for the Administration to say that those deported fit their priorities when this White House has practically made sneezing a criminal act for immigrants. These numbers may represent political calculus for the beltway but for immigrant families, they represent our parents, siblings, and loved ones,” explains Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director. “The five years of criminalization the President has overseen blankets immigrant communities with suspicion and causes people to live in fear. Until the historic mistake of entwining local police with immigration enforcement is corrected, the country will face a crisis of safety in our communities, confidence in the President, and separation in our families." Marisa Franco, National Organizer, adds, "The biggest fear of immigrant families is becoming a number in the statistics released today.  No matter what direction the numbers go in, the fear entrenched in people’s lives won't be removed until the threat is eliminated and that can only be done by a President who recognizes the error of his ways and reverses course on the dragnet he's built."
Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON Reacts to New Pew Study on Deportations and Citizenship December 19th - Washington, DCIn response to the new Pew Research Center Study "Deportation Relief Seen as More Important than Citizenship," representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statements: Tania Unzueta stated, "It's sometimes forgotten how personal the immigration debate is to those actually affected by it. Those debating the importance of citizenship need to be listening to those who live undocumented, those in detention centers, and those getting deported. Political equality starts with, and this debate actually moves forward when, people get to make the case for themselves instead of having their lives decided by others. One thing that's clear is that you can't decide your status preference if you're already deported.  Citizenship has been used as a bargaining chip for too long, and there's a clear path toward it that starts with stopping deportations."  
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 773.791.4668     12.05.2013 - Washington, DC In reaction to the 1 pm EST  press conference today in the House Triangle in which Democratic members of Congress are stepping up calls for the President to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement to stop unnecessary deportations, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "The President has the legal authority to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement, and to date, that authority has been exercised poorly. The truth is that the President's approach has been to the detriment of immigrant families and to the detriment of prospects for legislative reform.     It is time for the President to lead by example by doing everything within his power to ease suffering and set US immigration policy back on track. We renew our call for the President to stop deportations at the very least for those who would qualify for legalization under the Senate bill, end his failed S-Comm program, and expand deferred action to the maximum extent permitted by law.    He has options available to him. It's time for him to use them."   ###
    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."      ###
    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 Napolitano, police chiefs  including San Diego’s Chief Lansdowne, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, 28 members of US Congress, legal experts, and faith leaders. ###
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