Should local police be involved in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws? The answer to this question may seem obvious. After all, a law is a law. But the answer is neither that simple, nor that straightforward. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that the federal government has exclusive powers to enact and enforce immigration law. But a patchwork of laws and policies call on local law enforcement authorities to participate in immigration enforcement. Key among these is the Se Communities deportation program, or S-Comm. Under S-Comm, when law enforcement authorities take someone’s fingerprints, the prints are sent automatically from the FBI to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement database for an immigration background check. ICE then decides when to send a detainer request to local law enforcement agencies. While the immigrant is incarcerated, ICE decides whether to take further action.Details
San Francisco supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a tough new ordinance barring police officers and sheriff’s deputies from holding for deportation all but a handful of arrestees who are living in the country without permission. The law is designed to encourage people without valid residency papers to call police to report crimes and…Details
Advocates for immigrants have gained ground in the last six months in their long fight against a U.S. policy allowing federal immigration officials to screen suspects in local jails. Now they are close to notching their biggest victory yet. In California, order the home of nearly 2.5 million unauthorized immigrants, seek lawmakers this month once again passed the so-called Trust Act, which would block local police from holding suspects for immigration agents when they would otherwise be free to go. Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has until mid-October to decide whether to sign the law.Details
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS CALL ON CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND POVERTY ISSUES
Immigration reform can and should aim to reduce poverty and boost nation’s economic strength.
LOS ANGELES – Civil and immigrant rights leaders from the Latino and African-American communities today urged Congress and the Administration to remain focused on the passage of immigration reform and anti-poverty measures. They emphasized that while Congress continues to focus on important foreign policy and its work to avert a government shutdown, lawmakers must not use that as an excuse to push comprehensive immigration reform and anti-poverty measures off the agenda.
Despite other issues on the Congressional agenda, today’s press conference attendees stressed that Congress must understand that an overhaul in immigration policy is critical for our national and economic security. Currently, it is estimated that 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.
Sobre el escritorio del gobernador Jerry Brown aguarda el Acta de Confianza (Trust Act), una medida que daría un gran alivio a la comunidad inmigrante al impedir que las policías locales y de los condados colaboren con el Servicio de Migración y Aduanas en el encarcelamiento de indocumentados que no tienen delitos serios….Details