NDLON Responds to News of Gang of 7 Bill’s Demise

Options Still Remain, 
Despite Beltway Proclamations to Contrary
 
 
September 20, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA
In response to the Greg Sargent piece quoting Congressman Luis Gutierrez as stating that the House Gang of 7 bill will not be put forward, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement:
 
“At this crucial moment,  President Obama’s leadership is needed.  He can – and must – take action to alleviate immigrants’ suffering and propel much needed legislation forward.
 
“Despite the President’s statements to the contrary, options do remain that can help immigrants, break the logjam in Congress,  and offer leverage for a positive bill.  Answering the wide call to suspend deportations and expand deferred action is an obvious trump card the President has in his hands to qualitatively change the nature of the debate.  

President Obama is Wrong. He Has the Authority and Responsibility to Stop Deportations

 

 
Administration Policy of Criminalizing Immigrants Poses Largest Barrier to Reform
 
09.17.2013 – Los Angeles, CA.  In response to the President’s comments in an interview with Telemundo where he says that he cannot further expand deferred action to suspend deportations, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
 
“The President’s statement is factually inaccurate. He has the power to reduce deportations, the legal authority to expand deferred action, and the political obligation to lead the national debate through bold action. In fact, courageous leadership will only galvanize momentum for reform and focus Congress’s attention on their constitutional duty to modernize immigration law.

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.

Los Angeles City Council Calls for Statewide TRUST Act

 
 
September 04, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Today the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Gil Cedillo endorsing the statewide TRUST Act (AB4) and calling upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign it into law as written.
 
The Council joins a growing chorus of support for the compromise bill including 28 Congressional reps300 faith leaders, and prominent law enforcement leaders.

President Should Expand One Bright Spot of Napolitano’s Tenure

In response to Janet Napolitano’s departure from the Department of Homeland Security, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   “Security Janet Napolitano oversaw the Arizonification of the country during her tenure at DHS.   Under her watch, DHS operated with a self-imposed deportation quota, a fact…

Maria Marroquin awarded Bay Area Local Hero for KQED Latino Heritage Month

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

Mountain View, CA—The Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, Maria Marroquin, was selected to be a Bay Area Local Hero for 2013 KQED Latino Heritage Month.  Maria was selected from dozens of highly qualified candidates and will be awarded the honor on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Rubio Should Call for Suspension of Deportation for Those in His Own Bill

  While President Should Make DACA Expansion “Plan A” for Immigration Reform August 13, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA In response to Marco Rubio’s comments on the possible expansion of DACA, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:   “Senator Rubio’s bizarre comments demonstrate precisely why the President…

Immigration Breakthrough in New Orleans Advances Reform, Rejects ICE Holds

New Orleans Day Laborers Move Immigration Reform Forward Through Historic Agreement with SheriffPrecedent-Setting Agreement Protects Against Racial Profiling, Unconstitutional Detention by Rejecting Burdensome ICE Hold Requests    New Orleans, LA – August 13, 2013   In response to the far-reaching agreement between Sheriff Gusman and New Orleans day laborers that directs Orleans Parish Jail to reject…

Stopping Deportations Should Be ‘Plan A’ for Immigration Reform

 
 
August 9, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA
 

With multiple reports citing administrative relief as a ‘Plan B’ to legislation in Congress and with outlets raising the question of executive action before the President’s vacation, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement calling for a suspension of deportations as a precursor to reform:
 
“The President has the legal authority and moral obligation to do more in order to advance immigration reform.  Rather than sit on the sidelines and merely seek political advantage from potential gridlock in Congress, the President can and should take steps today both to help immigrants and to improve prospects for legislation.