Puente: Real Justice Requires a Halt to Deportations 05.24.2013 Phoenix, AZ In response to the guilty verdict in the racial profiling case of Sheriff Arpaio, Carlos Garcia, of the Puente Movement issued the following statement: “While today’s court ruling is undeniably a victory, real justice will come when the victims of Arpaio see their…Details
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…Details
CA Assembly passes bill to restore trust in police, curb deportations as national immigration reform debate intensifies
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.Details
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
Rights Groups Call on President to Suspend Deportations as Congress Seeks Immigration Reform 05.13.2013 – Washington, DC Following the first round of mark-up in the Senate Judiciary Committee of the “Gang of 8” immigration reform proposal, rights groups held a telebriefing to call on the President to immediately suspend deportations of those who could be…Details
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…Details