Push for immigration reform continues Locally in Mass

Immigrant groups say many minority communities in Massachusetts mistrust their local police. Advocates say about 1, 100 people are deported from America every year.  They say immigrant communities often fear police officers because a friend or relative could be discovered and deported. The Massachusetts Trust Act is meant to restore trust in law enforcement by keeping immigration issues out of the hands of local police and under the control of the federal government.  The bill ensures all residents, for regardless of their immigration status, can contact police without fear of deportation. “When immigrants see that a traffic stop or an arrest from the local police results in their deportation and separation of their family, that creates a lot of distress,” said Sarahi Uribe, Day Laborer Organizing Network Coordinator.

Immigration Agency Ordered Detention of Hundreds of U.S. Citizens, Report Says | Fox News Latino

Immigration officials ordered local law enforcement officials to detain more than 800 U.S. citizens in jail or police custody until they could review their immigration paperwork, search according to an analysis of government data. The detentions – generally an illegal practice – occurred between 2008 and 2012, according to an analysis by the Tra…

Ruiz: The only ‘real’ immigration reform must affect all of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants   – NY Daily News

‘ Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, view clinic and I will sign it right away. And America will be better for it,” President Obama said Tuesday in his State of the Union address. “I’m here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform,” the President had said a couple of weeks before in…

Anger grows over ICE deportation quota as new data shows Agency’s main targets have no convictions; Immigration holds issued for hundreds of citizens

  CA TRUST Act crucial to curbing ICE abuses 2013.2.20 – In response to data released today by Syracuse University’s TRAC program analyzing nearly 1,000,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold requests made to local jails in the President’s first term, the Asian Asian Law Caucus, California Immigrant Policy Center, and National Day Laborer Organizing Network jointly issued the following statement.…

New Data Calls into Question President’s Progress on Immigration Reform

February 20, 2013 – Los Angeles, CAIn response to new data released by TRAC analyzing the 1,000,000 ICE hold requests made to local jails in the President’s first term, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “This is further proof of the troubling contradiction between the President’s…