Day Laborers React to Senate Immigration Proposal

Introduction Poses Test for President   Los Angeles, CA – 04.17.2013In response to the introduction of the Senate ‘Gang of 8’ immigration reform bill, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   “President Obama should seize the opportunity presented today by immediately suspending deportations, at a bare minimum for…

Lawsuit Filed Against Federal Agencies to Uncover Possible Influence on Immigration Bill

 Freedom of Information Act Suit to Shed Light on Tactics to Halt California TRUST Act

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2013—The Asian Law Cacus, a legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities, has sued federal immigration authorities for information about whether they helped defeat a bill meant to limit entanglement between California law enforcement and U.S. immigration agencies.

The lawsuit seeks information from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and the Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act about possible efforts to encourage the Governor’s office and state sheriff’s association to oppose the TRUST Act, AB-4.

Had the TRUST Act passed last year, it would have restricted California’s involvement in the Se Communities program, which relies on local police to hold individuals suspected of being deportable upon arrest until ICE can pick them up for possible deportation. Last summer, the bill reached Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk with robust support from both legislative houses, but he vetoed it. 

New Music Video from La Santa Cecilia Hits Close to Home for Undocumented Cast

As Immigration Reform Again Takes Center Stage This Week…

LA SANTA CECILIA, in Partnership with Leading Migrant Rights Group and the Americas Business Council (abc*) Foundation, Spotlights the Real-Life Faces and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants with the Poignant New Video for Hit Single “El Hielo” (ICE)

Starring an Undocumented Cast of Key Figures in the Fight for Immigrant Rights, New Video by “Los Angeles’ Best Latin Alternative Band”, Directed by Alex Rivera, hits close to home for many.

In conjunction with the video’s release premiering today on VEVO, the band will now appear at immigration reform events on April 9th In Phoenix, Arizona, and April 10th at The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Watch the video at http://bit.lyelhielovid

 

Massachusetts Joins States Seeking TRUST to Protect Families and to Move Immigration Reform Forward

 

Immigrant Communities Rallied Today in Support of the TRUST Act authored by Sen. Eldridge & Rep. Sciortino

 

03.20.2013

Boston, MA – 

 

As momentum for federal immigration reform grows, Massachusetts is set to lead the nation by advancing the TRUST act, a state bill to provide immediate relief from deportations, strengthen public safety, and propel the national conversation on immigration reform towards inclusion.  Specifically the bill sets a clear standard for local law enforcement agencies not to submit to burdensome requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) most often prompted by the Se Communities (S-Comm) program to detain people for deportation who have otherwise been ordered released by the courts. The bill is authored by Sen. Eldridge in the Senate and Rep. Sciortino in the House and was introduced with 34 cosponsors.

NDLON Applauds Choice of Thomas Perez, Head of Civil Rights Division at DOJ, as Next Labor Secretary

  DOJ Official who Investigated Sheriff Arpaio Poised to Carry on Solis Legacy of Promoting Civil Rights, Supporting Low-wage, Immigrant Workers   03.18.2013 – Los Angeles, CA In response to news that President Obama will nominate Thomas Perez as the next Labor Secretary, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the…

Judge Approves Landmark Settlement in Immigration Policy Case

FBI, DHS and ICE Agree to Release Crucial Documents Relating to Controversial

Deportation Dragnet Program, Se Communities

 

March 15, 2013, New York – Last night, a federal judge approved a settlement between the government and several rights groups in a long-running lawsuit demanding transparency in the controversial Se Communities (SCOMM) program.

Since its rollout in 2008, SCOMM has spread nationwide, over the protests of local and state leaders, contributing to the Obama administration’s widely criticized, record-setting deportation numbers.  The program targets all people booked into local jails, regardless of how minor the charges or even if no charges are pressed at all. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently come under fire for revelations that it has trolled state agencies and local jails looking for low-level offenders so as to meet its arbitrary criminal deportation quotas.     

New Data Sparks Anger: almost 2,000 Californians deported through S-Comm in January

Statistics reveal failure of ICE’s latest guidelines, add urgency to passage of TRUST Act  March 11, 2013 – An analysis of new data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has found that 1,941 Californians were deported in the first month of 2013 alone, an alarming figure that would have been significantly lower were the TRUST Act already signed into law. The…

Day Laborer & Immigrant Orgs Join National “Coming Out of the Shadows” Month, Call for Stop to Deportations

Community members facing deportation and detention to come out at events around the country calling for a moratorium to record-breaking deportations and the federal quota programs that drive them.
 
03/04/2013—Day laborer and immigrant worker organizations have declared this March a month of action where those in deportation proceedings, will join undocumented youth in ‘coming out’ events to say ‘Not One More (Ni uno más);’ not one more person taken from their loved ones because of deportations.
 
For the past three years, undocumented youth have held “coming out” events as a central tactic to activate dream-act eligible youth, humanize those targeted by immigration laws, and expose the inhumanity of current immigration policies.  This year, the youth-led initiative will take on a specific focus of deportation and detention and be joined by adults,  day laborers, people facing removal, and broader community members’ participation highlighting the impact of the immigration enforcement policies that have rapidly expanded under the President’s first term in order to meet Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s self-imposed quota of 400,000 deportations per year. 
 

Day Laborer & Immigrant Orgs Join National “Coming Out of the Shadows” Month, Call for Stop to Deportations

Community members facing deportation and detention to come out at events around the country calling for a moratorium to record-breaking deportations and the federal quota programs that drive them.
 
03/04/2013—Day laborer and immigrant worker organizations have declared this March a month of action where those in deportation proceedings, will join undocumented youth in ‘coming out’ events to say ‘Not One More (Ni uno más);’ not one more person taken from their loved ones because of deportations.
 
For the past three years, undocumented youth have held “coming out” events as a central tactic to activate dream-act eligible youth, humanize those targeted by immigration laws, and expose the inhumanity of current immigration policies.  This year, the youth-led initiative will take on a specific focus of deportation and detention and be joined by adults,  day laborers, people facing removal, and broader community members’ participation highlighting the impact of the immigration enforcement policies that have rapidly expanded under the President’s first term in order to meet Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s self-imposed quota of 400,000 deportations per year. 
 

State TRUST Acts & NYC Bills to Protect Against Record Breaking Deportations, Set Direction for National Reform

Revelations of Deportation Quota and Widespread Detainer Requests Spur Local Policies to Restore Trust and Safety, Protect Immigrant Residents   States and cities across the country are taking the initiative to use their constitutional powers to improve public safety and advance the inclusion of their immigrant residents by limiting ICE’s overreaching hold requests. New bills are expected to pass New…