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…Details
Immigrant Rights Groups Happy to See Her Go, Call on President to Renounce Deportation Quota, Expand DACA for all Los Angeles, CA – July 12, 2013 In reaction to the announced resignation of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her planned move to head the University of California, Chris Newman, legal director for the…Details
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…Details
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.”Details
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 widespreadDetails