“We’re pushing for the governor to sign the TRUST Act this year, because it’s important,” Viviana Gonzalez, an activist and undocumented immigrant, told the crowd. “Communities like Escondido have seen the brunt of what it means to not have something that protects immigrant families.” In Escondido, collaboration between the city’s police and federal immigration activists has caused tension in the city’s Latino communities for years. Agents have been present at the police department’s driver’s license and sobriety checkpoints, and in the city’s jails. Activists say this kind collaboration diminishes public safety because immigrants are less likely to trust police or report crime if they fear that interacting with police could get them deported.

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