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    Signing of TRUST expected to propel national immigration debate in new direction     When: Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 AM  Pacific / 1:30 PM  Eastern Who: Confirmed speakers include -  Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D - San Francisco Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist and founder of Define American Rabbi Ken Chasen, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles Neidi Dominguez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance María Sánchez, LA mom facing deportation due to arrest over a fender-bender in Torrance; member of POWER Dean Santos, youth who faced deportation after minor arrest, member of ASPIRE The call is hosted by the organizational sponsors of the TRUST Act: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, California Immigrant Policy Center, ACLU of California, and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Background: Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the TRUST Act (AB 4 - Ammiano)  along with several other key pro-immigrant measures Saturday   has brought hope to millions of immigrant Californians and galvanized immigrant advocates across the nation. On Monday's tele-press conference, key leaders will examine the TRUST Act's impact on California, neighboring states, and national immigration reform debate. The TRUST Act will ease the painful impact of the "Secure" Communities or S-Comm deportation program, which turns even low level or unjustified arrests into extended detentions for deportation purposes in local jails, separating families and undermining community confidence in law enforcement. S-Comm has deported a total of nearly 100,000 Californians to date, most with minor or no convictions.  The compromise version of TRUST signed into law by the Governor gives law enforcement much more leeway to respond to immigration "detainer" requests than last year's version of the bill, while setting a minimum standard to ensure that those with most low-level, non-violent offenses are not wastefully held for deportation purposes. For example, the bill allows holds for both felony convictions and also for those accused of felonies under certain circumstances. The new law also allows holds for people with a number of higher level misdemeanor (or “wobbler”) convictions within 5 years, and for certain federal criminal convictions. The new law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014  , has earned a growing wave of support including former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, police chiefs  including San Diego’s Chief Lansdowne, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, 28 members of US Congress, legal experts, and faith leaders. ###
Sábado, 05 Octubre 2013 10:18

TRUST Act Signed into Law in California

  October 5, 2013. - Los Angeles, CA In response to Governor Jerry Brown signing the California TRUST Act (AB4) into law, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado released the following statement: "The tide is turning.  California’s historic legislation marks a shift of the pendulum away from the criminalization of immigrants and against the idea that police should have any role in immigration enforcement. The more the public learns about the failed  Secure Communities deportation program,  the more clear it becomes that it should be ended. The President should take a cue from the state of California and other locales that have rejected his deportation quota program and reverse course on his Administration's policies of Arizonification.
    Oct 01, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to new statistics released by TRAC today that, despite several directives from former ICE director John Morton,  fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement.   "The Obama Administration's approach to immigration has spelled disaster for immigrant communities. No matter what talking points the President repeats, the data shows complete disregard for priorities, an expansion of the deportation dragnet, and more innocent people being ripped from their families.
      Immigration reform can and should aim to reduce poverty and boost nation's economic strength. LOS ANGELES – Civil and immigrant rights leaders from the Latino and African-American communities today urged Congress and the Administration to remain focused on the passage of immigration reform and anti-poverty measures. They emphasized that while Congress continues to focus on important foreign policy and its work to avert a government shutdown, lawmakers must not use that as an excuse to push comprehensive immigration reform and anti-poverty measures off the agenda. Despite other issues on the Congressional agenda, today’s press conference attendees stressed that Congress must understand that an overhaul in immigration policy is critical for our national and economic security. Currently, it is estimated that 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.  
Viernes, 20 Septiembre 2013 10:39

NDLON Responds to News of Gang of 7 Bill's Demise

Options Still Remain,  Despite Beltway Proclamations to Contrary     September 20, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to the Greg Sargent piece quoting Congressman Luis Gutierrez as stating that the House Gang of 7 bill will not be put forward, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement:   "At this crucial moment,  President Obama's leadership is needed.  He can - and must - take action to alleviate immigrants' suffering and propel much needed legislation forward.   "Despite the President's statements to the contrary, options do remain that can help immigrants, break the logjam in Congress,  and offer leverage for a positive bill.  Answering the wide call to suspend deportations and expand deferred action is an obvious trump card the President has in his hands to qualitatively change the nature of the debate.  
    Administration Policy of Criminalizing Immigrants Poses Largest Barrier to Reform   09.17.2013 - Los Angeles, CA.  In response to the President's comments in an interview with Telemundo where he says that he cannot further expand deferred action to suspend deportations, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "The President's statement is factually inaccurate. He has the power to reduce deportations, the legal authority to expand deferred action, and the political obligation to lead the national debate through bold action. In fact, courageous leadership will only galvanize momentum for reform and focus Congress's attention on their constitutional duty to modernize immigration law.
Martes, 10 Septiembre 2013 12:36

CA TRUST Act Heads to Gov. Brown's Desk

Sacramento - Today, by an initial vote of 48 to 22, the California State Assembly  approved amendments to TRUST Act (AB 4 - Ammiano) which reflect the great majority of a framework proposed by the Governor's office. Today's "concurrence" vote follows yesterday's successful Senate vote of 25-11. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, and a broad coalition of supporters is confident that the Governor will sign the significantly revised proposal into law. The bill would 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. S-Comm has split families apart, undermined community confidence in law enforcement, and led to the deportation of nearly 100,000 Californians, most with minor convictions or none at all.
    September 04, 2013, Los Angeles, CA Today the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Gil Cedillo endorsing the statewide TRUST Act (AB4) and calling upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign it into law as written.   The Council joins a growing chorus of support for the compromise bill including 28 Congressional reps, 300 faith leaders, and prominent law enforcement leaders.
In response to Janet Napolitano's departure from the Department of Homeland Security, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "Security Janet Napolitano oversaw the Arizonification of the country during her tenure at DHS.   Under her watch, DHS operated with a self-imposed deportation quota, a fact that remains one of the most underreported scandals of President Obama's first term.    The unprecedented removal of immigrants overseen by Janet Napolitano corresponded with criminalization programs such as Secure Communities that endangered public safety, trampled civil rights, and further shattered already broken and unjust immigration laws.  Secretary Napolitano will ultimately be remembered as having spread the shameful infection of nativism from her home state of Arizona into national immigration policy.   With her departure, the President should expand the one bright spot in an otherwise abysmal record.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) granted much needed relief to a small segment of the immigrant community and showed that administrative action can improve the prospects for legislative results.  Expanding DACA to the rest of the undocumented community is a necessary step to reverse the pain caused by Napolitano's DHS, and it would be a helpful advance for reform efforts.   Moreover, the next Secretary should listen to Congressional leaders and freeze deportations, at a minimum for all who would qualify for legalization under S744.  Finally, we expect the next Secretary to take immediate steps to reverse the damage caused by Secure Communities.  That program should be scrapped, disavowed, and filed away in history books along with other failed mass deportation programs."   ###

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

Mountain View, CA—The Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, Maria Marroquin, was selected to be a Bay Area Local Hero for 2013 KQED Latino Heritage Month.  Maria was selected from dozens of highly qualified candidates and will be awarded the honor on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco. 

  While President Should Make DACA Expansion "Plan A" for Immigration Reform August 13, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to Marco Rubio's comments on the possible expansion of DACA, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:   "Senator Rubio's bizarre comments demonstrate precisely why the President must lead on this issue by suspending deportations and expanding DACA.   He should take action now to prevent Congress from holding people's equality hostage.   Rather than think about executive action as a 'plan B,' we think Presidential action will actually improve prospects for a good bill to get through Congress.     If Senator Rubio was sincere about seeking reform, he would join a growing national consensus on the need to suspend unjust deportations.  At a bare minimum, people who would qualify for citizenship under Rubio's own bill should not have to fear deportation while it's being debated.   By leading the immigration reform debate through actions and not just words, the President can break the impasse and focus Congress's attention on getting something done this year. If Marco Rubio is serious about results, he should be able to endorse such a move as well."   ###
New Orleans Day Laborers Move Immigration Reform Forward Through Historic Agreement with SheriffPrecedent-Setting Agreement Protects Against Racial Profiling, Unconstitutional Detention by Rejecting Burdensome ICE Hold Requests    New Orleans, LA - August 13, 2013   In response to the far-reaching agreement between Sheriff Gusman and New Orleans day laborers that directs Orleans Parish Jail to reject ICE hold requests as a result of theChaco v Gusman lawsuit filed by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice and the organizing of the Congress of Day Laborers, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "Today, we have day laborers to thank for moving immigration reform forward and for creating a safer and fairer New Orleans. As a result of their work, the criminalization of migrants and the destruction of families are being turned back.   By breaking ICE's hold on their community, by organizing and defending their rights, they have set a powerful example of the potential to advance immigration reform at the local level.   President Obama's Secure Communities deportation program has roped local law sheriffs into a complicated and unjust immigration system, eroding public safety and jeopardizing civil rights in every jurisdiction.  The violations that the agreement with the Sheriff is stopping today should be ended wholesale by the Obama Administration through a complete termination of the failed S-Comm program. Meanwhile, we expect other jurisdictions will follow New Orleans' lead by implementing sound policies to protect residents' rights and safety.  In particular, we hope Jerry Brown takes note of this historic settlement and uses it as further reason to sign the California TRUST ACT, which we hope will set a course for other states seeking to go in the opposite direction of Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama. " For plaintiff and NOWCRJ staff interviews, CONTACT: Stephen Boykewich, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 718-791-9162Find the Press Statement by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice Here  Background New York Times article on the new policy Two-page backgrounder on campaign to win new policy New policy: full text One-page summary of new policy Settlement agreement New Orleans City Council resolution - May 2013 DOJ findings letter on OPP - 2012 Writ of habeas corpus for Antonio Ocampo – 2010 Original Complaint - Feb. 2011
  August 9, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA  This morning, Politico issued its top questions for the President before he leaves for vacation.   On immigration, the article asked:  "Would you issue an executive order to provide relief to some or all 11 million undocumented immigrants if the House fails to pass a bill? Obama insisted during his first term that he couldn’t change immigration laws unilaterally. But then, he did. Months before the 2012 election, he ordered his administration to stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants. Congressional Democrats and immigrant advocates will increasingly look to the president to use his executive authority in the absence of House action on comprehensive reform. Obama is prepared to hold back on going into full-on campaign mode until October or November, and only if Republicans are showing no sign of progress. But his response to this question would provide clues on his administration’s fallback plan." NDLON would like to see the above question answered.  And we have three of our own: 1. For the past several years, it has been reported that immigration enforcement is driven by a self-imposed quota. Chris Crane who represents ICE officers told the Washington Post in 2010, "For ICE leadership, it's not about keeping the community safe. It's all about chasing this 400,000 number." Most recently USA Today revealed the extent to which ICE officers will go to reach their numbers. Yes or No Question:  Is there a deportation quota?  If so, where does it come from and under what authority? Will it be reduced or eliminated as part of immigration reform?  2. During your recent trip to Arizona, many expected you to address the state's anti-immigrant law, SB1070, the on-going investigation into Sheriff Arpaio's profiling in Maricopa County (that the Department of Justice has investigated for the past five years), and accusations that your own policies have caused an "Arizonification" of country.  In fact,  during the oral argument about Arizona’s SB 1070 in the Supreme Court, Paul Clement said this:  “The Federal Government doesn’t like this statute [Sec 2b of Sb1070], but they are very proud of their Secure Communities program. And their Secure Communities program also makes clear that everybody’s that’s booked at participating facilities is — eventually has their immigration status checked.”   He went on to say Arizona, “borrowed the federal standard as its own.” What is the difference between your Homeland Security Department's  Secure Communities deportation program…
    August 9, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA   With multiple reports citing administrative relief as a 'Plan B' to legislation in Congress and with outlets raising the question of executive action before the President's vacation, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement calling for a suspension of deportations as a precursor to reform:   "The President has the legal authority and moral obligation to do more in order to advance immigration reform.  Rather than sit on the sidelines and merely seek political advantage from potential gridlock in Congress, the President can and should take steps today both to help immigrants and to improve prospects for legislation.    
  Cut off Secure Communities Program, Grant Relief to Victims of Sheriff Arpaio   August 6, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ In response to President Obama's visit to Maricopa County, Arizona, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "While Congress has the responsibility to rewrite immigration law, the President has the responsibility to enforce existing laws in a just and fair manner.  Both congress and the President have failed in their duty, and the civil and human rights crisis in Arizona is proof.     The President's visit to Arizona is a return to the scene of a perfect political crime committed by this administration.  The extreme prejudice of Jan Brewer and Sheriff Arpaio allow the President to denounce their positions while collaborating on their policies of mass deportation.  President Obama needs to resolve the crisis he helped create. He can start with deactivating the Secure Communities deportation quota program so that Arizona's discriminatory policing cannot result in unjust deportation. He should provide relief to the victims of Sheriff Arpaio instead of continuing to deport them."
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