With Immigration Bill Headed to House, President Can Take Clear Steps to Advance Reform and Relieve Suffering for Immigrants: Suspend Deportations
Vote repudiates Homeland Security’s “Se Communities” program;
Creates Contrast with Arizona’s harsh approach to immigrant residents
The California State Senate passed the TRUST Act today aimed at countering the strict deportation policies implemented by the federal government under its “Se Communities” program. Its sponsors contrast the common-sense tone of the California bill with the harsh law passed in Arizona, much of which was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
After a forthcoming concurrance vote in the California Assembly, the TRUST Act will be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown to sign. The bill responds to and repudiates the state’s forced participation in the program enforced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities, which has led to the incarceration and deportation of tens of thousands of undocumented residents in California who have committed no crimes.