House Appropriations for 2014 Homeland Security Budget Exposes Beltway Hypocrisy

  House Appropriations for 2014 Homeland Security Budget Exposes Beltway Hypocrisy As Congress Seeks Immigration Reform, DHS Budgets for Increased Detention   05.22.2013 – Washington, DC The day after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the “Gang of 8” immigration reform proposal to move to the Senate floor, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Department of Homeland…

CA Assembly passes bill to restore trust in police, curb deportations as national immigration reform debate intensifies

 

 
TRUST Act heads to state Senate in wake of findings that police involvement in deportation has made crime victims less likely to seek help

Sacramento – Today, following several impassioned floor speeches, the California Assembly approved the TRUST Act (AB 4 – Ammiano) by a vote of 44 to 20. The nationally-watched bill would limit harmful deportations often stemming from trivial or discriminatory arrests and rebuild community confidence in local law enforcement.

The vote comes days after an unprecedented survey of Latinos in four cities, including Los Angeles, confirmed that police involvement with immigration enforcement has significantly undermined community confidence, with 44% of responds less likely to contact police officers if they have been a victim of a crime. Among undocumented immigrants, 70% were less likely to contact law enforcement.

New Orleans City Council Backs Immigrants in Latest Blow to Sheriff’s Deportation Practices

City Council Set to be first city in the South to Vote on Resolution On Civil Immigration Detainers

Immigrant workers and families will come closer to winning the Right to Remain in New Orleans today as City Council is set to vote on a resolution condemning Sherriff Marlin Gusman’s racial profiling-based deportation policy. Over the last two years the Sheriff has faced mounting pressure through civil rights lawsuits and public outcry to stop submitting to voluntary civil immigration holds also known as immigration detainers.

.Council members James Gray, LaToya Cantrell, and Susan Guidry will introduce a resolution limiting Sherriff Marlin Gusman’s practice of submitting to voluntary requests of federal immigration officials to detain individuals in Orleans Parish Prison. Immigrant workers who have survived the Sherriff’s policy will testify on the disastrous impacts on families; and advocates will testify on the impacts on city budget (the federal government does not reimburse jail costs) and constitutional integrity.

WHO: Council members Gray, Cantrell, and Guidry will introduce resolution. Immigrant workers and families, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, Congress of Day Laborers, and advocates for criminal justice reform will testify.
WHERE: City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans
WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, May 15, 2013
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Feinstein Amendment Makes CIR Bill Worse, Puts Both Rights and Safety in Jeopardy

Additional Funding for SCAAP Program Incentivizes Dangerous Police/ICE Collaboration 05.09.2013 – Washington, DCIn response to Senate Judiciary Committee passage of the Feinstein 1 amendment, Chris Newman, Legal Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: Senator Feinstein made the immigration bill worse today, putting both rights and safety in jeopardy.   The Feinstein 1 amendment…

Distance Between Beltway and Reality Evident On First Day of Immigration Reform Mark-Up

Progress to Deliver On Mandate for Equality Will Be Measured by Actions, Not Words 05.09.2013 – Washington, DC Responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee first hearing to mark-up amendments for the “Gang of 8” immigration reform proposal, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “There is an…

National Fast to Stop Deportations, Start Inclusive Reform Begins on May Day in Mountain View, CA

 

Day laborers, immigrant community start rolling fast as deportations continue at 1,100+ each day

05.01.2013 – Mountain View, CA

Maria Marroquin, director of the Mountain View Day Worker Center, and several others plan to abstain
from eating for the next eleven days, one day for each millions of undocumented people in the US
seeking political equality through immigration reform.

Support for Immigration Reform Requires Opposition to Unjust Deportations

Judiciary Hearing was lost opportunity to ask DHS Sec about top priority for Immigrants
 
04.23.2013 – Washington, DC.
 
With Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning,  Senators had an opportunity to ask questions about the broken, unjust status quo.   Instead, the hearing today was characterized by  Sen. Chuck Schumer saying, “we certainly need more drones,” while Sen. Feinstein asked questions about student visa fraud and Jeff Flake mocked border crossing migrants to a room full of laughter. 
 

At 2:30pm this afternoon, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have the opportunity for more substantive questioning of the Secretary responsible for unprecedented criminalization and deportation of immigrants and the $18 billion spent annually on enforcement.  

Families Facing Deportation Confront Southern ICE Office, Ask Supporters to Make Calls

We Don’t Want to Be Deported Before the Path to Citizenship Opens

04.22.2013 – New Orleans, LA
This morning, five families who are facing deportation entered the Southern regional field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to demand that the office’s public advocate, Bryan Acuna, fulfill his duties by taking on their cases to stop their removals and cease the violent raids and targeting of low-priority cases that are rampant across the region.