On Tuesday morning, immigrant rights groups unveiled the Migrant Justice Platform, a unity blueprint for executive and legislative actions on immigration from grassroots voices nationwide. The Migrant Justice Platform presents a vision and principles to depart from the failed “comprehensive immigration reform” strategy of previous administrations and calls for concrete actions in three thematic areas: at home, on the southern border, and abroad.
Any platform that fails to de-conflict US labor and immigration policy is insufficient; and by this measure, Sanders’ proposal clears the bar. However, it remains to be seen whether he will foreground this excellent aspect of his immigrant rights plan on the campaign trail.
The irony of today’s disgraceful press conference is that it reveals that Trump is on the losing side of history, both in court and in the court of public opinion. The more Trump calls immigrants criminals, the more he will propel a growing, bottom-up national consensus that ICE and white supremacy must be expelled from police stations and sheriffs departments in order to truly secure our communities.
Immigrant and Civil Rights Groups Respond to Federal Court Ruling Opening Door to White Nationalist-Inspired SB168
In response to a federal court ruling not to block a controversial anti-immigrant law (SB168) from going into effect on October 1, various immigrant and civil rights groups made the following statements.
On Friday, a federal court judge enjoined a major part of ICE’s infamous Secure Communities dragnet, a culmination of years of immigrant communities challenging the mass deportation program.
In a landmark ruling addressing the legality of ICE’s signature deportation program, Secure Communities, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction blocking the agency from issuing arrest requests based solely on error-ridden electronic databases.
On Thursday morning, ICE hosted a flurry of press conferences, ostensibly about the danger of cities’ non-compliance with immigration enforcement, while ICE and sheriffs from across the country attended a 2-day conference in Washington, DC hosted by known hate group FAIR.
Today, as sheriffs from across the country arrived for their national conference in Louisville, Kentucky, civil rights groups launched a call for the group to disavow known hate groups and a vocal anti-immigrant sheriff from Florida, Bob Gualtieri, that are promoting a greater role for sheriffs in deportations and targeting of immigrants nationwide.
On Thursday, the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles heard closing arguments in the trial Gonzalez v. ICE, a class-action lawsuit challenging the “click and arrest” tactics at the heart of ICE’s nationwide deportation dragnet known as “Secure Communities” or S-COMM.
After years of constitutional violations committed by ICE, this week, ICE’s deportation dragnet itself was on trial. Gonzalez v. ICE began on Tuesday (05/07/2019) in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit challenged the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) unconstitutional practice of asking local law enforcement to incarcerate individuals based on nothing more than incomplete and error-ridden database information.