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For immediate release // Excuse cross-posting   Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1085-blue-ribbon-commission-response-president-must-meet-with-undocumented-people   Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, 202.746.2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Blue Ribbon Commission: Now’s the Most Important Time for President Obama to Meet With Undocumented People   Nothing about us without us!   In reaction to the President's statement during the NATO summit, Maru Mora, member of the Blue Ribbon Commission, issued the following statement:   "It has become clear that now is the most important time for President Obama to meet with undocumented people, it is not enough for immigration lobbysts in Washington to be the sole group of stakeholders meeting with President Obama to discuss the timing and scope of pending administrative changes to immigration policy. This is why members of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a group composed of undocumented people in deportation proceedings and family of people in immigration detention, ask our allies in Washington to press President Obama to meet with us.   “History has shown that people directly impacted by unjust policies are the best advocates for ending them, and that the most basic foundation of citizenship is the right to self representation in issues that affect us directly. History will now judge President Obama’s legacy on the timing and scope of his policies, and on whether he listens to those directly affected to craft the necessary solutions to the deportation crisis.”   On July 28th the Blue Ribbon Commission issued a letter calling on President Obama to meet with undocumented people.   ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // excuse cross-posting   Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1084-ga-county-rejects-ice-detention   Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n GA County Rejects Unconstitutional ICE Detentions, ICE Resorts to Fear to Defend Failed Deportation Quota Program ICE statements contradict new evidence that Secure Communities deportation program has zero effect on crime rateWave of 160+ localities have ended ICE “immigrant holds” to restore trust between local law enforcement & minority communities September 5, 2014, Atlanta, GA–On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded obstinately to news that Fulton County, GA will no longer submit to unconstitutional ICE detainers. ICE spokesperson Vincent Picard referenced public safety and a laundry list of possible offenses immigrants have been charged with to defend the controversial Secure Communities deportation quota program (S-Comm).   The resolution by County Commissioners, passed unanimously on Wednesday evening and pending action by the County Sheriff, is the latest in a wave of over 160 localities rejecting the warrantless ICE detention requests, a key element of the S-Comm program that uses local police to extend a massive deportation dragnet.   In reaction to the news of Fulton County’s resolution and ICE’s remarks, legal and civil rights advocates made the following remarks:   Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR):   “Despite new evidence to the contrary, ICE continues to repeat the same line to defend the failed S-Comm program, stoking fears of dangerous criminals in our midst. Fear is the last resort of a failed federal program that has only served to sow fear and criminalize our communities.   “Just yesterday, the NY Times announced a new study finding that S-Comm has had zero effect on the crime rate. Thus far, ICE has ignored Latinos, minorities and immigrants, will it also ignore the hard facts? The S-Comm quota program does not make us safer; it is an unconstitutional dragnet that puts our community in danger, and it needs to end.”   “Fulton County residents should be proud of their leadership’s common-sense stand for public safety and due process, which unfortunately stands in stark contrast to ICE’s policies today.”   Salvador G. Sarmiento, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON):   “ICE’s comments are bizzare to say the least. If ICE feels that respecting the U.S. Constitution puts its agents at risk, this is yet another reason the failed S-Comm quota program needs to be terminated completely.   “ICE’s comments exemplify all that is wrong with the S-Comm dragnet. ICE has always privileged its…
  For immediate release // excuse cross-posting Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1083-ndlon-reaction-deportation-study Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON, 202.746.2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n New Study Counters Secure Communities Deportation Quota as “Crime-Control” Independent findings demonstrate program has zero effect on crime rate September 3, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA – A new study by law professors at the University of Chicago and New York University has found that the controversial Secure Communities deportation quota program has had “no observable effects on the overall crime rate.” The study, announced today in the NY Times and set to be published in the November issue of The Journal of Law and Economics, “calls into question the longstanding assumption that deporting noncitizens who commit crimes is an effective crime-control strategy.” In reaction to news of the study, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: "This study provides more evidence that this duplicitous program needs to end. The Secure Communities quota program, “S-Comm”, has been a catastrophic failure. Not only does it fail to succeed on its own terms, as this study makes abundantly clear, there is evidence that it undermines public safety. Previous studies, including a 2013 study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, have shown that entangling local police with federal immigration enforcement makes everyone less safe.  "S-Comm has undermined public safety, resulted in grave civil rights violations and undermined the cause of immigration reform. The cold truth is that, until SCOMM is ended entirely, the Obama Administration will continue to be an accomplice to civil rights violations by the likes of Joe Arpaio and others. "We continue to add our voice to the chorus of agreement with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, hundreds of civil rights organizations, law enforcement experts, and local elected officials who demand that S-Comm be ended, not rebooted." 
For Immediate Release 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   Day Laborers Hold National Convention in Los Angeles: “Nuestra Lucha, Nuestra Voz” At Pivotal Moment for Immigration Reform, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) celebrates accomplishments, takes stock of moment, and plans next steps   Los Angeles, CA - Sunday, August 24th to Thursday August 28th, 2014   Over 200 day laborers and migrant worker organizers from across the country will gather in Los Angeles next week for the biennial national assembly of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).    The gathering occurs at a potentially historic moment in the evolution of United States immigration policy.  As Congress recesses and the President contemplates a potentially massive shift in deportation policy, day laborers will plan their collective next steps. Routinely dehumanized as the face of undocumented workers, vilified by nativists, and exploited unscrupulous employers, day laborers are indisputably central to the national discussion about immigration and workforce policy, and NDLON has emerged as a leading voice in an emerging movement for migrant rights.     In courts, in state capitols, in Congress, and on the streets, NDLON has defended civil rights and pushed back against the criminalization of immigrants.  Whether in Arizona, or fighting the Arizonification of other states, NDLON has assumed a leadership role in the fight to end the infamous Secure Communities program.   The network’s #Not1More campaign alongside others created bottom-up pressure that contributed to the President’s recent announcement that he will unilaterally make immigration policy “more humane.”  Many expect a major policy announcement within weeks.   In the meantime, day laborers and their allies are organizing to ensure the broadest inclusion to end the division of “deserving” and “undeserving” within the immigrant community.   All along, its members rise to the occasion as first defenders in natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy in New York and continue the daily work of promoting safe work sites and dignified pay for day laborers who participate in organized street corners and worker centers that serve as community institutions and an example of immigration reform at the local level in cities and towns across the country. At the assembly, worker centers will launch a new campaign to train more than XXX in OSHA 10 standard health and safety procedures, reducing accidents and increasing job opportunities for members.   Through the work of the Network, what started as an effort to improve the lives…
Boston Council Approves TRUST Act, Rejects S-Comm Deportation Quota Program   Mayor expected to sign bill that ends submission to unjust ICE detainer requests   Unanimous vote against S-Comm in what was pilot site for failed program   Boston, MA, August 20, 2014—On Wednesday, the Boston City Council unanimously passed a bill to end the city's voluntary submission to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to keep people in jail for extra time, known as ICE detainers, an important element of the failed Secure Communities deportation dragnet, S-Comm.    “It’s important that this bill passes today,” said bill champion Councilor Josh Zakim as he explained the urgency of the legislation, citing the widespread fear caused by the entanglement of local police with federal immigration enforcement. He added, “Our duty [is to] ensure that we are sending a clear message to the immigrant community, it is safe to report [to the police] if you are a victim of crime.”   “This is one of my proudest days on the Council,” said bill supporter Councilor Tito Jackson. “We’ve seen ponzy schemes directed at immigrant communities, women who have been sexually assaulted, men and women harmed, and many of these people haven’t been able to pick up a telephone to call the police, that doesn’t sound to me like a secure community.”   “So many residents get beaten, raped, and they don’t report because they are scared of the police,” said Councillor Salvatore LaMattina. “This [bill] is a big step for my community and a big step for Boston.”   Councilor Ayanna Pressley added that the “Secure Communities [program] is kind of an oxymoron, so many people living in fear and being racially profiled. As a city that celebrates the fact that we are 53 percent people of color, it’s great to celebrate that diversity, but it’s just as important to celebrate our undocumented community with a just bill like this.”   Mayor Marty Walsh, a longtime opponent of Secure Communities that was piloted in Boston starting in 2006, has said previously he will sign the bill. Today, immigrants are demanding that President Obama end the controversial S-Comm deportation quota program as part of the current DHS review underway.    A broad coalition of groups supported the Boston Trust campaign, including the Boston Immigration Group and the Boston Campaign to Restore Trust, which is calling for a state-level MA Trust Act.    "The fear, the damage, caused by Secure…
NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in Ferguson August 15th, 2014 - Phoenix, AZIn response to the events related to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO  and the violent police response to the outpouring of protest, Marisa Franco, lead of the #Not1More Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: "As a movement that is fighting criminalization to stop deportations and detention, Latinos and immigrants have a duty to stand alongside those who have been fighting it far longer.  On the streets of Ferguson, people have bravely sounded an alarm on the crisis of violence besieging the Black community.   As we defend our own families, we must answer the call not simply to be in solidarity but because the problems our communities face and the solutions we seek are linked together. Last night, across the country, thousands held their words in a moment of silence to remember the life of Mike Brown and in a pledge to never be silent again in the face of injustice.  We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we urge those within the immigrant rights movement to attend the rallies and protests in the coming days.  Black lives matter and any movement against dehumanization must affirm and defend that truth. Mike Brown is not the first but the latest in an epidemic of violence.  We say, not one more Black person murdered by police, not one more struggle fought alone, not one more life criminalized as we continue our struggle for not one more deportation." A partial list of upcoming events can be found at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown and by following #BlackLivesMatter, #NMOS14, and #MikeBrown on twitter. ####
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Reaction to Events on the Hill

For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings // Please Forward  (Info for August 2 demonstration below)    Date: August 1, 2014 Contact:  B Loewe, (773) 791-4668)   (Washington DC)  In reaction to events on Capitol Hill today, Marisa Franco, #Not1More campaign lead organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "Congress's antipathy toward our community is not news.   The fact that some in Washington DC have chosen to use immigrants' lives as a political football is not news.   What is different now is that we are entering into a new phase where there's consensus the President can and should do more to advance the rights of immigrants living and working in the United States.  Tomorrow, we will help him with that task.   "Now is not the time for partisanship, nor is it time for the same old blame games that benefit only Washington Beltway insiders.   For too long, existing legal tools at the President's disposal have been held hostage by a failed political and legislative gamble.   Well, that game is now over,  and expectations are soaring for the President to close the gap between his rhetoric and the reality of his immigration policy.   Tomorrow, immigrants will be in DC to demand their voices be heard and to ask for a seat at the table in order to help the President make good on his promise.    We are not asking the President to do anything big or bold. We are simply asking him to do to the right thing, as only he has the power to do."   ###   March Planned to White House As President Nears Decision Point on Administrative Action on Immigration#Not1More Campaign urges expansion of DACA, end to S-Comm, and halt to deportations What: March for #Not1More DeportationWhere & When:  Saturday, August 2nd10:00am Gather at 12th St. and Jefferson on the National Mall                (near Smithsonian metro on blue and orange line)11:00am step off12:00 - 1:30pm  Rally at Freedom Plaza2:00 Rally at Lafayette parkExact times subject to change Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the #Not1More Campaign, Partial list of speakers and organizations includes: Tefere Gebre - AFL-CIO, Olmeca, Salem Acuña - Southerners On New Ground, Rosi Carrasco - Undocumented Illinois, Reina Sorto - Jobs with Justice, Pilar Molina – Juntos Philadelphia, Valeria de la Luz - Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Carla Larrazabal - San Diego Dream Team/CIYJA, Rev. Susan Fredrick Gray, Unitarian Universalist of Arizona, ICIRR, Unidad Latina…
For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: 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 New Report Details Prejudice and Pretext in Georgia's Hyper Immigration EnforcementFederal ICE Access Programs and GA HB87 Driving Unprecedented Targeting and Deportation in the State Atlanta, GA - July 31, 2014Today advocacy organizations publish a new report based on data made available through FOIA litigation with the state and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement that both outline the metastasizing growth of local police's involvement in immigration enforcement and the resulting patterns of prejudice and collateral deportation in local practice with little to no evidence of any relation to actual public safety efforts. The data reveals that the federal agency's practice of requesting the extended incarceration of an individual because of the suspicion of the immigration status known as ICE detainers rose 17,169% from 2007 to 2013 with 96% of those targeted being of "dark or medium complexion." In addition to the racial implications of the newly released statistics, the study identifies that at least 54% of those taken into ICE custody were long-time Georgia residents who had called this country home since at least 2003 resulting in the separation of families where 48,135 US citizen children in Georgia had a parent taken by ICE and 17,497 Georgia residents had a spouse taken by ICE in the four years between 2007 and June of 2013. Finally the exaggerated emphasis on immigration status in local law enforcement resoundingly counters the public safety pretext of police-ICE collaboration noting that Immigration officials do not even record a "Detainer Criminal Offense Level" in nearly half of records available and in those where it is recording, 40% are identified as "level three," having been convicted of traffic or other minor offenses. Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia explains, "The numbers revealed today are both damning of what has happened to law enforcement in Georgia and heartbreaking for what it has done to Georgia communities.  One can feel the chilling effect this has had with confidence in police and the risk to all of our safety when so many Georgia residents have been harmed and live in fear of the deportation apparatus that the police have lent themselves to. Contained in the report is the human cost, erosion of rights, and the rise of a culture of suspicion in our state that must be addressed." "No one should be afraid to call 9-1-1," explains Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. "But…

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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."

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LOS PRESIDENTES DEBEN ESTAR CARA A CARA CON LAS PERSONAS MIGRANTES SI QUIEREN SER LÍDERES EN EL TEMA. Declaración derivada de las acciones realizadas por la delegación “Frente a la verdad” en El Salvador compuesta por NDLON y United We Dream. San Salvador, El Salvador – Jueves 24 de julio de 2014. La Red Nacional de Jornaleros y Jornaleras de los Estados Unidos (NDLON, por sus siglas en inglés) junto a la organización “United We Dream” dirigen, desde el sábado 18 de julio, una delegación titulada “Confrontando la Verdad” con el objetivo de investigar la dinámica de la migración a través de reuniones con funcionarios de gobierno, organizaciones de la sociedad civil, académicos y convocando a foros públicos con grupos de personas que forman parte de los más de 58 mil salvadoreños que han sido deportados por los Estados Unidos, desde el año 2011. Adicionalmente la delegación incluye representantes de las organizaciones que se encuentran en el frente de lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes, líderes religiosos y académicos.  Ante la reunión de los presidentes del triángulo norte (Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras) y los Estados Unidos, el próximo viernes 25 de julio, NDLON y United We Dream difunden la siguiente declaración: “No es demasiado tarde para que los presidentes hagan lo correcto en cuanto al tema de migración, pero se requiere que enfrenten la verdad que hasta ahora ha sido oscurecida por maniobras partidistas y política sin corazón. La verdad puede ser encontrada fácilmente si se escucha directamente a las personas que han emprendido el viaje hacia Estados Unidos y han sobrevivido a los cuartos fríos y a ser transportados con cadenas por el sistema de detención del país del norte. Conocerles le dará al presidente Obama la capacidad de ignorar al movimiento de “nativistas” del Congreso y a los presidentes centroamericanos el coraje para rechazar el desequilibrio histórico de poder y recursos y de esta forma actuar según el mejor interés de las personas migrantes y promover políticas que tengan sentido para todos los países. Llegamos a El Salvador para descubrir lo que está pasando realmente sin importar si es políticamente inconveniente; en poco tiempo hemos confirmado y disipado varias líneas de debate. No se trata solo de la niñez migrante, sino de humanidad de las y los inmigrantes de todas las edades y condiciones de vida, independientemente si fueron criados en Estados Unidos o llegaron con…

Southern Poverty Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network Sue After Alabama Police Chief Refuses to Release Public Documents that May Reveal Racial Profiling of Latino Day Laborers

FAIRFIELD, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) filed suit today against an Alabama police chief after he refused to release public documents that could reveal the targeting and racial profiling of Latino day laborers in his city.

The lawsuit against Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. was filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court after he refused to release public documents that could confirm that Latino day laborers and construction workers have been wrongfully targeted under a municipal ordinance that requires certain individuals to obtain permits to work within the city.

“By law, the public has a right to view these records,” said Michelle Lapointe, SPLC staff attorney. “We are merely asking that the police chief abide by state law and provide transparency about how his department enforces the ordinance. We want to ensure that this ordinance is being enforced without racial profiling or unconstitutionally targeting low-wage workers.”

The groups sent the first of several official requests for documents under the Alabama open records law in April, but Davis refused to comply. Today’s lawsuit asks the court to force the police chief to hand over documents related to policies and procedures for enforcing Fairfield Ordinance No. 897, including arrest reports, complaint forms and other public records.

In 2012, federal courts struck down as unconstitutional a provision of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law that sought to criminalize the solicitation of work by day laborers. The U.S. Constitution guarantees day laborers the right to look for work. Laws that are enforced to restrict their rights are likely invalid, especially if enforcement targets a particular racial or ethnic group.

“Working is not a crime – not under federal law, not under Alabama law and certainly not according to the principles of dignity and common sense,” said Jessica Vosburgh, NDLON staff attorney and coordinator of NDLON’s Alabama Worker Center, whose members first raised concerns about the ordinance. “We are seeking these records to shed light on whether Fairfield is respecting the rights of the hardworking Alabama residents who contribute to its economy.”

A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here: http://sp.lc/1q03uCm.

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for immediate release // excuse cross-posting 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   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.   ###
For immediate releaseContact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Reaction: Free From Legislative Strategy, President Obama Can Do the Right Thing on ImmigrationHe Must Maximize Existing Authority to End Injustice of the Status Quo   Washington, DC - June 30, 2014.In reaction to the President's comments this afternoon, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: This is a pivotal moment in the movement for migrant rights. What comes next will be defining moment for the President and for the country. In de-linking his immigration policy from his legislative reform strategy, the President is now free to do the right thing, and he can fulfill the promise of being a transformative president. The President's enforcement-first strategy and his misguided deportation policy were premised on the possibility of legislative reform, but it is now very clear Congress itself is broken. We fully expect the President to maximize use of existing authority to ameliorate the injustice of the status quo, and we pledge to work with the administration to fend off the attacks from nativists that will surely come, if and when, he does the right thing. Until then, we will continue our efforts to escalate opposition to unnecessary and unjust deportations. NDLON and the #Not1More Campaign are planning a day of action in Washington to ensure the President uses his authority to expand deferred action, halt deportations, and reverse criminalization on August 2nd. In February of 2014, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed an official rulemaking petition with the Department of Homeland Security outlining the President's executive authority to act on immigration and requesting the department cease its deportations and expand deferred action to the fullest extent possible under the law. The rulemaking petition can be read here. ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting 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 Calls for Boycott of Upcoming House Hearings, Demands Immediate Executive Action In Response to Rep. Gutierrez Speech, NDLON Presses for Action This morning, Congressman Luis Gutierrez  said that "nothing is moving" in the House and called upon the President to stop deportations.  In response to this significant floor speech, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: "The President's immigration policy must evolve substantially and without delay in the face of repugnant Congressional inaction.   After over a decade of empty rhetoric from Congress members of all sides about how immigration laws are 'broken,'  Congressman Gutierrez's speech today reflects a new consensus:   It is Congress that is broken,  and the President must now maximize use of his existing legal authority to protect immigrants and the national interest.    People across the political spectrum are sick and tired of partisan games in Washington DC, where everything seems to have become one big 'state of play.'  If high paid  lobbyists want to make money spinning false hope about prospects in this do-nothing Congress, they are certainly free to do that.   But  we will no longer pay attention to a Congress that is more interested in demagoguery than the suffering of children.  At this point, energy will be properly directed at the President to do the right thing. Whereas House Republican bad faith has been well-established for years, we are now arriving at a moment of truth that will measure President Obama's legacy.  Will the President fulfill expectations and take action to stop very clear injustice, or will he be content to use the crisis as fodder for an issue in the next electoral campaign?"   ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   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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