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.    

President Obama Has Duty to Fix Arizona Crisis He Helped Create

  Cut off Se Communities Program, Grant Relief to Victims of Sheriff Arpaio   August 6, 2013 – Phoenix, AZ In response to President Obama’s visit to Maricopa County, Arizona, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   “While Congress has the responsibility to rewrite immigration law, the President…

President Obama, Inaction is Not an Option

  Start Legalization-First by Suspending Deportations   Washington, DC – July 11, 2013 In wake of GOP announcement on immigration reform, Salvador G. Sarmiento, national organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:   “We need real progress in Washington, not fingerpointing. It is not enough for the President or Democrats to blame Republicans for…

California Sheriffs’ Opposition to TRUST Act Demonstrates Need for TRUST Act

Sacramento – July 2, 2013

Today, the TRUST Act passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee (vote 4-2). It now heads to the Senate floor and is expected to return to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

Last year, a massive coalition forged a statewide consensus in support of the legislation to prevent the “Arizonification” of California.  Consistent with federal law, the California TRUST Act would establish bright line rules to clarify the proper role for local police and sheriffs in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. 

Last year, the only organized opposition came from a vocal minority of sheriffs and from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself.  Governor Brown vetoed the bill, citing technical concerns, and he pledged to sign the TRUST ACT into law “forthwith.”

Landmark $1.2 Million Fee Settlement in Immigration Policy FOIA Case

June 28, 2013, New York – The day after the Senate passed a disappointing immigration reform bill, the U.S. government agreed to pay over $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees in the historic Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit NDLON v. ICE. Rights groups brought the case in 2010 to force the government to turn over documents about the so-called Se Communities (SCOMM) program. Since its rollout in 2008, SCOMM has spread nationwide, over the protests of local and state leaders, and contributed to the Obama administration’s widely criticized, record-setting deportation numbers.  Through SCOMM, the federal government targets all people booked into local jails, regardless of how minor the charges, even if charges are dropped, which has resulted in widespread

With Immigration Bill Headed to House, President Can Take Clear Steps to Advance Reform and Relieve Suffering for Immigrants: Suspend Deportations

 
 
 
Los Angeles – In response to the Senate vote on immigration reform, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released the following statement:
 
“We are deeply disappointed with the unnecessary concessions made by Senate Democrats that have bent to the fears of xenophobes and weakened the reform that so many have struggled for. If undocumented day laborers can stand up to a Sheriff like Arpaio, the leaders in the beltway should be able to find at least a fraction of that same courage.

NDLON Calls for Improvements to Senate Bill

In response to the cloture vote on the Corker-Hoeven amendment, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
 
“The equality of eventual citizens is not something to be bought and sold in exchange for Republican votes, and that’s exactly what Senate Democrats have done with the Corker amendment.   At this early stage, lawmakers should be focused on getting the best bill possible from the perspective of those who got them elected, not by sweetening the deal for our nativist opponents.   We only need 60 votes in the Senate to move this process forward and to galvanize our community.  

Suit Prompts ICE to Lift Immigration Hold on U.S. Citizen Gerardo Gonzalez

 

Just hours after U.S. citizen Gerardo Gonzalez filed suit on June 19, ICE lifted its erroneous immigration hold on him.  The Los Angeles born Mr. Gonzalez, represented by the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the law firm Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, demanded that ICE lift the erroneous hold, which was preventing his release from criminal custody, and that the ICE Los Angeles Field Office stop issuing immigration holds without probable cause to believe a person is deportable.