About a dozen protesters — some of them said by activists to be undocumented immigrants — are staging a sit-in this afternoon in Gov. Jerry Brown’s office to lobby him on an immigration bill, prompting law enforcement officials to block the door to his reception area at the Capitol. At issue is legislation that would prevent local police from…
Undocumented immigrants rallied in the Capitol on Tuesday to support legislation aimed at reducing deportations, as California lawmakers continued tweaking the bill in hopes of winning Gov. Jerry Brown’s support. The measure (AB 4), known as the Trust Act, would limit local law enforcement from working with federal authorities to detain immigrants…
Sacramento – July 2, 2013
Today, the TRUST Act passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee (vote 4-2). It now heads to the Senate floor and is expected to return to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Last year, a massive coalition forged a statewide consensus in support of the legislation to prevent the “Arizonification” of California. Consistent with federal law, the California TRUST Act would establish bright line rules to clarify the proper role for local police and sheriffs in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Last year, the only organized opposition came from a vocal minority of sheriffs and from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself. Governor Brown vetoed the bill, citing technical concerns, and he pledged to sign the TRUST ACT into law “forthwith.”
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Five government agencies will pay $1.2 million in legal fees after having to disclose documents on a controversial fingerprinting and deportation program, s a rights group says. In April 2010, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and others sued the FBI, the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Office of Legal Counsel and two other agencies seeking information about Se Communities, or S-Comm. The plaintiffs, which include the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, said the "error-prone" system would be instituted nationwide "without sufficient transparency, oversight, or public engagement." Ostensibly developed to target criminals, the system was allegedly flush with immigrants whom authorities fingerprinted for minor traffic offenses to meet deportation quotas. The groups sought the information as ammunition for a campaign urging supporters to "End Se Communiti..