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 “Se” 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.

S.F. law proposed to ban immigrant detentions – SFGate

San Francisco is once again leading the way – this time with a proposal that would appear to make it the first county in the nation to unequivocally refuse to detain immigrants suspected of living here illegally for federal authorities. That proposal, authored by Supervisor John Avalos and supported by a supermajority of his colleagues, would make it illegal for San Francisco law enforcement officials to detain someone solely on the basis of immigration status. Currently, the Sheriff Department’s policy states that only people suspected of serious or violent felonies, or those with a serious or violent felony in their past, will be held for immigration authorities. In 2012, 542 people were handed over to federal authorities by San Francisco officials; another 176 were transferred in the first six months of 2013. The proposed law will be considered by a board committee made up of its supporters Thursday, where it is expected to be approved.