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Media Advisory for October 19th (Presidential Debate)Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Organizations to Host Facebook Live Discussion following Third Presidential Debate WHAT: Day laborer and immigrant rights panel discussion following third presidential debateWHEN: Wednesday October 19th, 7:30pm PSTWHERE: Pasadena Community Job Center (500 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, 91101) Los Angeles, CA -- On Wednesday, October 19th, day laborer and immigrant rights activists will host a panel to respond and give immediate reactions to the third and final presidential debate of 2016. Day laborer community members will be available to respond regarding important issues around workers rights, labor protections, immigrant and refugee rights. **Media and press are welcome to attend.***Day laborer and immigrant rights community members will be available for interviews** ###
Press Advisory for October 18Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Abuela Xochitl Files Civil Rights Complaint against LAPD and Department of Homeland Security Immigrant Grandmother Jailed for 6 Months as a Result of Racial Profiling Files Civil Rights Complaints with Department of Homeland Security and LAPD Abuela Xochitl Hernandez Calls on DHS to Close Her Deportation Case Who:     Xochitl Hernandez, her attorney, and community membersWhat:     Xochitl Hernandez and her lawyer will issue brief statements and deliver complaints to DHS and LAPD Where:     ICE Office, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Los AngelesWhen:     Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 10:00am ***Press Statements will be given prior to delivery of complaint Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, “Abuela” Xochitl Hernandez will file two complaints challenging gang and racial profiling by ICE and LAPD. A February 2016 arrest by LAPD resulted in Ms. Hernandez’ prolonged detention and designation as a top deportation priority by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaints, directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS CRCL) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), call for an end to Ms. Hernandez’ deportation proceedings, accountability for the actions which led to Ms. Hernandez’ arrest and detention, and policy reforms. “I am afraid that ICE or the police will show up at my house and take me away at any moment. I am no longer in jail, but until ICE closes my deportation case, I will continue to feel imprisoned in my own home,” said Xochitl Hernandez. “I want my case to be closed, but I also want to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. If the police and ICE can say that I should be deported just for living in a community with a gang presence, they can say that about any immigrant living in Los Angeles. That is not right.” LAPD and ICE agents took Ms. Hernandez into custody on February 24 for being in an East Hollywood house the police raided looking for a robbery suspect. She was neither a suspect nor charged with any crime and LAPD acknowledged she is not even in its overbroad gang database. Nonetheless, LAPD arrested her and transported her to Rampart Police Station—on account of her immigration status alone; ICE then transferred her to immigration detention. “ICE has identified Ms. Hernandez as a deportation priority based on false and…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-Posting // October 13, 2016Press contacts: Tara Tidwell Cullen, 312.660.1337, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018,  100+ Organizations Call Upon DOJ to Drop Felony Charges Against Salvadoran Mother and End Practice of Criminalizing Refugees St Louis, MO — More than 100 immigrant rights, civil rights, faith, and domestic violence organizations demanded that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis drop felony charges against Salvadoran asylum-seeker Zenayda del Carmen Sorto. The Justice Department is prosecuting her for allegedly not cooperating with her deportation before she was given an opportunity to apply for asylum. “After my 16-year-old son was murdered, the police told me I should flee because there was nothing they could do to protect me. I tried to stay but after my abusive spouse nearly killed me, I knew I had to go. I can’t go back.” Zenayda explains. “I’ve been imprisoned for nearly a year, and even though it has been a horrific experience, I’m willing to stay here as long as it takes to present my case. I only ask to be able to present my case to a judge, because deportation to El Salvador would be a death sentence for me.” Zenayda has been in U.S. Marshals custody at St. Genevieve County Jail in eastern Missouri since June. Before that, she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since she arrived in the United States in November 2015. Her first asylum screening took place over the phone from an ICE detention center before Zenayda had spoken with an attorney. On the basis of this interview, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied Zenayda the chance to present her case to a judge and ICE attempted to deport her. After intervention and months of advocacy by attorneys at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), the Chicago Asylum Office had agreed to conduct a new asylum screening of Zenayda. Instead, ICE pressured her to accept her deportation and, when that failed, transferred her to the Justice Department where she now faces felony charges. An ICE agent also sexually assaulted Zenayda while she was in ICE custody. NIJC and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have launched a #SolidarityWithZenayda campaign calling for the Justice Department to release Zenayda from custody and for DHS to permit her to apply for asylum. “Because of the Obama administration’s zealous efforts to block Central American refugees from protection and their criminalization…
Media Advisory for October 13 Contacts: Carlos Garcia, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Armando Carmona, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018; Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Jennifer Kim, UCI Law, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Immigrant Workers Take Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County’s Top Prosecutor To Court Plaintiffs Ask Federal Judge to Rule Arpaio’s Workplace Raids and County Prosecutions of Immigrant Workers Unconstitutional What: Court hearing on the parties’ requests for summary judgment in Puente v. Arpaio When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 – press conference at 9 am, followed by court hearing at 10 am Where: Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse, 401 W. Washington St., Courtroom 603 **Plaintiffs and their attorneys will be available for interviews **   Phoenix, AZ – Tomorrow, October 13, plaintiffs in Puente v. Arpaio will ask a federal judge to rule that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery violated the Constitution by using portions of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) and Arizona’s felony forgery statute to systematically investigate, arrest, detain and prosecute immigrants who are working to provide for their families. The case challenges the legality of state-level efforts to criminally punish undocumented immigrants for the use of false identity information to get a job. It was brought in 2014 by the organization Puente Arizona, two individuals convicted under the laws, and Maricopa County-based faith leaders who objected to the use of their tax dollars to finance worksite raids.   “I will never forget the pain of that experience. I spent months in jail and am now marked with a felony conviction because I was working to feed my family,” said Elia Estrada, a plaintiff in the case who was arrested while working at a fast food restaurant. “I’m part of the suit because no one should be treated the way I was. I want my record cleared.”   These anti-immigrant measures took a great human toll. Before the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) disbanded its controversial Criminal Employment Unit, deputies had conducted over 80 worksite raids, resulting in the arrest of over 800 workers. In total during this time period, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) reviewed for prosecution more than 1,800 cases.   “The raids created a climate of fear,” said Fernando Abundes, a worker arrested in the 2013 raid on Uncle Sam’s Restaurant. “Abusive employers, like mine, took advantage of that to keep immigrant workers from complaining. In the end, Sheriff Arpaio raided the…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 U.S. Congressman Meets With Deported Father of U.S. Veteran at the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Champions Efforts to #BringJoseBack San Diego/Long Beach CA – On Sunday afternoon, U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (47th District of CA), Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga, and the office of Congressman Juan Vargas’ office (51st District of CA) met with Mr. Jose Alvarez and his family at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mr. Alvarez was deported in February after being pulled over for a broken headlight by Cal State Long Beach campus police. He is a father of 6 U.S. Citizen children, one who is a former marine. At the national level, Mr. Alvarez’ story has opened up a discussion about the long lasting consequences of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Under this legislation, he is permanently ineligible for admission into the United States because of a non-violent 21-year old drug conviction. “My father committed a crime and he served his time” said Jorge Alvarez, former U.S. Marine and eldest son of Jose Alvarez. “If you look at his record for the 20-plus years he’s been here in the U.S., he hasn’t done anything wrong. A single non-violent crime that happened over 20 years ago shouldn’t define who you are, it doesn’t define who my father is” he concluded. Jorge Alvarez, was accompanied by Congressman Lowenthal who will be reaching out to his colleagues throughout Congress in an effort to ask President Obama to help bring Jose back to the United States and reunite him with his family. “Nobody should be in the position that you're in, after your family has given so much for this country” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal, as he spoke to Jose Alvarez at the other side of the border fence. “It’s not just you [Jose], it’s all the other people like you who have contributed to the United States, who are denied the ability to not be deported. This illustrates a broken system. Mr. Alvarez has been a model citizen and contributing to this society, that is what the American way is all about” he continued.   “We have to get him, and others like him back home to their families” he concluded. At a local level, members of the Long Beach have also expressed their commitment to support…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-Posting // Available Online here September 29, 2016 Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018   Families of Deportees & Detainees Call on Bill Clinton to Denounce His ‘96 Immigration Law, Join “Bring Jose Back” Petition 1996 federal immigration legislation (IIRIRA) is responsible for fusing mass incarceration and mass deportation systems Organizations launch petition calling on former President to join petition   Los Angeles, CA -- Today, immigrant rights organizations joined with racial justice groups on the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s signing into law IIRIRA (the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act”) to denounce the law’s destructive effect on immigrant communities and to call on those responsible for the law to address it. The case of Jose Alvarez exemplifies the negative effects of IIRIRA. The father of six U.S. citizen children, including a former US Marine, was deported last February following a traffic stop for a broken headlight. Under IIRIRA, his twenty-year old non-violent drug conviction makes him permanently ineligible for admission to the United States.   “My father’s deportation has devastated my family. He was the main provider for my family, working as a gardener for years. I’ve since had to leave school and find work,” says Victor Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez and former business student. “It’s time for our leaders to take responsibility and stand up for all families, no excuses. My father made a mistake more than two decades ago, he served his time and has since devoted his life to me and my siblings.”   “Without exaggeration, this is the most anti-immigrant federal law of our generation, and it’s going to take a real reckoning from our leaders to address the impact of this conflation of immigration and criminal law,” says Salvador G. Sarmiento, Legislative Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). “We hope that former President Bill Clinton will take an important step in acknowledging the need to end the legacy of IIRIRA. Today, we’re calling on him to join the petition to #BringJoseBack.” Organizations have launched a petition with Presente.Org calling on former President Bill Clinton to join the effort to #BringJoseBack to his family and to denounce the effects of IIRIRA. “IIRIRA has been mostly absent from debates around immigration reform; yet, there is no single law that better represents efforts to create a system that exploits immigrant workers and criminalizes their…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 323-250-3018 TRUTH Act Signed into Law: Step Forward in Fight to get ICE out of Jails Los Angeles, CA - On Wednesday afternoon California Governor Jerry Brown signed the TRUTH Act which focuses on transparency and accountability when it comes to collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local police departments. In response to the signing the governor stated that “the bill…reflects a measured approach to due process and transparency principles”. The TRUTH act will ensure that immigrants are given key information when placed in jail. Any non-citizen who is detained in jail will be made aware if there is a request for that person to be turned over to immigration authorities. Currently, many who are detained and transferred to immigration have no idea what is going on until they either arrive at detention center or are en-route to deportation. The TRUTH Act will also allows immigrants to deny an ICE interview, or to request an attorney be present during that interview. ICE often uses these interviews to intimidate immigrants without them being aware of their rights or following due process. Finally, if a Sheriff or Police Chief turns someone over to immigration authorities, they will have to hold a public forum to explain their actions to the community. “This bill lays the foundation for beginning to bring real due process protections to immigrants in California facing deportation,” said Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director at NDLON. “We will be closely monitoring local jurisdictions’ compliance, and we will continue to press ICE to bring transparency that is sorely lacking.  Finally, we look forward to working with Governor Brown next year to establish additional statutory protections. If there is one thing that is clear at this point, it is that ICE is operating without sufficient accountability for the devastation its detention and deportations unleash on California’s immigrant families. We will continue to work until we get ICE out of our communities and our jails." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available online hereSeptember 20, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 On 20th Anniversary of IIRIRA, Immigrant Rights Groups Call on Bill Clinton to Join "Bring Jose Back" Petition The 1996 immigration bill (IIRIRA), signed by President Bill Clinton, is responsible for family's separation  (Long Beach, CA) On Tuesday morning, immigrant rights groups sent a letter to former President Bill Clinton asking that he join a petition in support of a father of six children who was deported to Mexico earlier this year.  The letter, sent two weeks before the 20 year anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), calls the case "emblematic of the problems caused by IIRIRA." "It doesn't make sense for the same government I have served under to shun and deport my father," said Jorge Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez, a seven year veteran of the U.S. Marines. "The principles of hard work and integrity that inspired me to enlist, are the very principles that my father taught me. I hope our leaders responsible for these deportations would recognize this, and help reunite our family." The letter states in part: “We are directing our attention to you, President Clinton, because you signed into law the federal bill that is responsible for keeping Mr. Alvarez from his children.  This same legislation has destroyed countless other families.  More than any other single law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) is responsible for the terrible conflation of immigration and criminal law that fused together mass deportations and mass incarceration.  Mr. Alvarez’s case is emblematic of the problems caused by IIRIRA and the need for reform.” The letter was co-authored by the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, the National PICO Network (PICO), and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Read the full letter to President Clinton here. ###  
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Network Statement on Conclusion of Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's SB 1070 (Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ)  Following the Arizona Attorney General’s opinion establishing guidance for the two remaining provisions of SB 1070, the civil rights challenge to Arizona’s notorious law was concluded.  Provisions that violated the rights of day laborers to seek and receive work were struck down as unconstitutional. In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Arizona residents owe a debt of gratitude to day laborers, not just for doing invaluable work and for enriching the state’s economy, but for defending core constitutional rights.  While the hate and racism that animated Arizona’s SB1070 foreshadowed the bitter debate we are now seeing in this presidential election, it also motivated immigrants to defend cherished civil rights, and it inspired a national movement for tolerance, progress, and equality.  Today, during this period of unprecedented xenophobia and extreme polarization, all sides should come together in unity to celebrate the First Amendment, a national treasure that must be enjoyed equally by all people living and working in Arizona. "For a long time in Arizona, immigrants in general and day laborers in particular, have been targeted by vigilantes, by minutemen, by racists sheriffs like Joe Arpaio, and by lawmakers in the state capitol.  Sometimes all at once.  And as everyone now knows, these nativists engaged in a deliberate effort to deny the basic humanity of immigrant workers in a war of attrition meant to force them out. “The xenophobes have failed.   Day laborers and their organizations have endured.   Immigrants have endured.  They have fought back and will continue to fight back using the proudest traditions of peaceful resistance on the streets, in the courts, and at the ballot box.    “While the tide is turning in Arizona, the sad truth is that we were unable to fully prevail in getting ICE out of police and sheriffs departments in large part because the Obama Administration was and adversary, not an ally, in this struggle for civil rights.  The fact is that the Obama Administration was an accomplice in the unprecedented rights violations committed against immigrants in Arizona.   We will look to the next administration to undo some of the damage that was done pursuing…

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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting // September 2, 2016 Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018   COURT LOWERS BOND OF IMMIGRANT GRANDMOTHER VICTIM OF ICE & LAPD GANG & RACIAL PROFILING Despite Growing Community Support, ICE Still Refuses to Release Her or Stop Her Deportation, as Local Groups Announce Fundraiser to Get Her Out of Jail   Los Angeles – Yesterday, an immigration judge lowered to $5,000 the bond of Xochitl Hernandez, immigrant grandmother and L.A. resident who has been imprisoned at the private Adelanto Detention Center for six months and is at the center of the #FreeAbuelaXochitl campaign. Before yesterday, she had been held on a $60,000 bond following gang and racial profiling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). ICE had opposed her release on bond.   Xochitl Hernandez is fighting for the right to remain with her five U.S. citizen children and four U.S. citizen grandchildren. In response to the move by the immigration judge, local community groups have pledged to raise the bond money necessary to get her out of jail.   “All I want is to be back with my family. I hope the judge’s decision means I will be able to return home soon,” said Xochitl Hernandez, from Adelanto Detention Center where she has been jailed for six months. “I have gained strength from all the support I have received. I hope you will continue to support me and my family in this difficult time so that I can come home.”   “My mother should never have been picked up. She never should have been in custody. She has lived in this city for 30 years, and she should be able to walk the streets without fear of being deported,” said Stephanie Hernandez, one of Ms. Hernandez’s five children. “Growing up with an immigrant parent, my fear was always that my mother could be deported at any time. I was devastated watching the cases of other immigrant families torn apart when a parent was deported. Living this nightmare, I have seen how cruel and inhumane the system is. My family and I have been fighting for her to get released, and we won't stop now.”   “Unfortunately, it will still be a struggle for Xochitl's family and community to find the money to get their mother out of Adelanto,” said Jordan Cunnings, a lawyer at Public…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross PostingsAugust 31, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Jailed Immigrants at For-Profit Detention Center Serenaded as California Governor Considers Legislation to Ban Private Prisons Grammy Award winning La Santa Cecilia, Los Jornaleros del Norte, and special guests “CHANT DOWN THE WALLS” of Adelanto Detention Center Adelanto, California—The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with the families of Xochitl Hernandez and Alvaro Benitez, and supporters of Calvin Carter, held a demonstration, which included a public concert, at the Southern California Adelanto Detention Center on Wednesday August 31st. The demonstration sought to bring attention to the immorality of jailing immigrants for a profit and elevate the voices of those directly impacted by U.S. immigration policy. The Adelanto Facility is designed strictly for immigrants and has a long history of extreme medical abuses and mistreatment of detainees, including the death of a Salvadoran immigrant. Detained immigrants have repeatedly engaged in hunger strikes to demand improved medical attention, better food, and humane treatment. The facility is run by the GEO group, a private company that has federal contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Throughout the evening, supporters called for the immediate release of longtime L.A. resident Xochitl Hernandez as the #FreeAbuelaXochitl campaign continues to gain national attention. Her family called her imprisonment “outrageous,” as it is based on racially biased accusations of “gang affiliation” tied to the neighborhood she lived in. Xochitl has now been held for over 6 months at Adelanto on a $60,000 bond. “It is outrageous that ICE is doubling down on their false and unsubstantiated claims about Xochitl even though the LAPD has already acknowledged that she should not be a priority for deportation and they have no record of her having any gang involvement,” said Emi MacLean, Staff Attorney for NDLON. “Rather than compounding this tragedy, ICE should accept its error and release her to go back to her family.” Supporters also highlighted the case of Calvin Carter, a Jamaican gay man imprisoned in Adelanto. Calvin has five U.S. citizen children and has already been found to have a reasonable fear of returning to Jamaica. But he remains imprisoned because of his family’s inability to pay a $10,000 bond. A crowdrise fundraiser is raising money for Calvin’s release. As part of the Chant Down the Walls concert series, Grammy award-winning La Santa Cecilia and day laborer band Los Jornaleros del Norte highlighted through music the injustices related to the treatment of immigrants and demonstrated solidarity with those…
For immediate release // Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online HereAugust 29, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON Reaction to DHS announcement:  Practice of Incarcerating Immigrants by For-Frofit Contractors Should End, Not Be Reviewed Concert Announced in California to Serenade Jailed Migrants (Los Angeles) In reaction to the announcement from Secretary Johnson that he will enlist the Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC) to review the use of for-profit companies to jail immigrants, NDLON issued a series of statements and announced a concert in California this Wednesday outside of a notorious immigrant detention center. Pablo Alvarado, director of NDLON, said: “There is nothing to review.  No one should ever profit from other people’s pain, and the use of private contractors is a practice that frankly should have been ended by the Obama Administration 7 years ago.    What some people call ‘private detention centers’ are in fact public jails for immigrants that are operated by for-profit corporations.  They should be shut down without delay, and the Obama administration should immediately cease its repugnant policy of jailing asylum-seekers, its overall policy of deterrence toward Central American refugees, and its utterly indefensible reliance on deportation quotas.   Chris Newman, Legal Director for NDLON, added:   “In the past, DHS has used the HSAC as a shield to deflect political liability that resulted from its controversial deportation practices.  For example, the HSAC Secure Communities review was not an earnest attempt to explore policy reforms.   To the contrary, many believed at the time it was a white-washing effort meant to tamp down the sanctuary cities that were embarrassing the Obama Administration.   When it comes to its jailing policy, if DHS is interested in a serious review, we would hope they would form a committee of experts that include immigrants who were formerly incarcerated.” Additionally, NDLON has announced the convening of a Chant Down the Walls public concert and demonstration outside of Adelanto Detention Center to be convened on Wednesday August 31st at 6:00pm calling for the end of immigrant detention. During the event, incarcerated migrants will be serenaded; demonstrators will call upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would close for-profit jails. Who: Musicians TBA, Supporters of Xochitl Hernandez, NDLON What: Chant Down the Walls Public Concert & Demonstration Where: Adelanto Detention Facility 10250 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301 When: Wednesday August 31st 6:00pm ###
For immediate release: August 25, 2016 Contact: Jon Rodney, CIPC,Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Armando Carmona, NDLON, (323) 250-3018   CA Senate approves revamped TRUTH Act to bring transparency to shadowy deportation practices   New version of bill upholds immigrants' right to turn down abusive deportation interviews by ICE agents in local jails   Sacramento - Today, the California State Senate approved a re-tooled version of the TRUTH Act (AB 2792) by Assemblymember Bonta. The initial vote count was 23 to 9. The bill will now return to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote to approve the amendments. Following that vote, the bill heads to Governor Brown's desk.   The Senate's approval of the TRUTH Act comes amid mounting frustration over the involvement of local police and Sheriff with deportations, with the case of a Los Angeles grandmother turned over from LAPD to ICE and currently facing deportation due to false and tenuous accusations of gang association. As the case of Abuela Xochitl shows, once handed over to ICE, community members can languish in detention for long periods of time without so much as seeing a judge and with limited oversight once individuals are in ICE custody.   The version of the bill approved today focuses on upholding the community's right to know about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s unscrupulous and secretive practices.   "California is the nation's most diverse and forward-thinking state. We don't build walls, we build bridges. And the TRUTH Act embraces that core value by bringing transparency to ICE's secretive practices and ensuring our immigrants have the same constitutional protections guaranteed to all Californians," said Assemblymember Rob Bonta.   Specifically, the bill would:   1) Put vital know-your-rights information in the hands of immigrant community members held in local jails and targeted by ICE.   The TRUTH Act would guarantee to community members the "right to know" if ICE has asked the local jail to turn the person over for deportation, and the "right to say no" or to request to have an attorney present for abusive interview requests where deportation agents often coerce, intimidate, and violate basic rights. While interviews with ICE inside local jails are optional, that basic information is currently denied to immigrants.   If local law enforcement does notify ICE about a person's release date, they must also notify that person's loved ones or attorney.   2) Shine light on the hidden pain caused…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Postings // Available here Contacts: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Date: August 17, 2016   Groundswell of Outrage Surges In Reaction to Case of Incarcerated Immigrant Grandmother   Groups Demand the Immediate Release of Domestic Violence Survivor from California For-Profit Immigration Jail   Los Angeles—Over 100 domestic violence, faith, immigrant, and civil rights organizations called upon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release Xochitl Hernandez from the for-profit immigration jail she has been held in since February.          Xochitl has five U.S. citizen children and four grandchildren and has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. She is imprisoned and in deportation proceedings because ICE agents subjected her to an interview during a Los Angeles Police Department criminal raid for which she was never a target. The ostensible foundation for her detention is a single shoplifting conviction from over a decade ago and a baseless allegation of gang affiliation.    “This case demonstrates the dangerous way President Obama's absurd ‘felons not families’ rhetoric has been interpreted by ICE agents on the ground,” said Emi MacLean, attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “A prior conviction does not make someone deserving of permanent banishment. It is past time for the calls for criminal justice reform to be heard in the halls of U.S. immigration agencies.”   At an immigration hearing where Xochitl had no lawyer, a police officer testified he saw Xochitl near gang members. The officer noted that she lived in an area frequented by gangs. As a result of this attenuated and unsupported testimony, a judge slammed Xochitl with a $60,000 bond. Now ICE says she falls into a top deportation priority category because of demonstrable profiling and entirely false claims of gang affiliation.   “This is an illustrative case of how gang profiling criminalizes people based on where they live and who they know rather than what they do,” said Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine. “Both ICE and LAPD should recognize Xochitl’s detention as reprehensible, but neither has acted to compel her release.”   “Immigration detention attacks human dignity and re-traumatizes those who have already survived terrible violence,” said Victoria Mena of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). “Xochitl is the perfect example of why the for-profit Adelanto immigration detention center must be shut down.”   A domestic violence survivor,…
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