Boston Council Approves TRUST Act, Rejects S-Comm Deportation Quota Program Mayor expected to sign bill that ends submission to unjust ICE detainer requests Unanimous vote against S-Comm in what was pilot site for failed program Boston, MA, August 20, 2014—On Wednesday, the Boston City Council unanimously passed a bill to end the city’s…
PRESS RELEASEContact: Salvador Sarmiento, email@example.com As Bristol Sheriff Grand Stands, Law Enforcement State-wide Put on Notice About Potential Liability of Submitting to ICE Requests Immigrants groups confront Bristol Sheriff about anti-immigrant policies, warn of recent court rulings against detainers prompted by S-Comm Boston, MA, July 25, 2014 — On Thursday, immigrant and civil rights groups…
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Somerville Mayor to Sign Order Limiting ICE Holds, First in Massachusetts to Join National Trend Against Federal S-Comm Program
S-Comm is a “wall between police and community” says Police Chief
“All eyes on Massachusetts” as immigrant communities look to other localities to follow suit
May 22, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts——Wednesday, the Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, Joseph Curtatone, announced he will sign an executive order limiting local application of ICE holds, one component of the controversial Se Communities program (S-Comm), at a signing ceremony on Thursday at 5:30pm Eastern. The announcement comes one week after President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced they would take a “fresh look” at the deportation dragnet program—widely criticized for contributing to rampant racial profiling and an unprecedented level of deportations.
On 2 Year Anniversary of SComm in MA, Groups Rally forEnd to Deportation Program & Passage of State Trust Act State bill pending in Senate Ways & Means Committeewould limit local application of ICE immigrant holds May 15, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts — On the two year anniversary of the statewide implementation of President Obama’s Se…
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Philly’s Historic Executive Order Draws
Praise from National Advocates
In response to Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s announcement of an Executive Order to effectively end the city’s submission to ICE hold requests, leading national civil rights and labor organizations gave the following statements.
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network:
“Philadelphia’s new policy makes the city safer, it protects civil rights, it constitutes an exemplary policy of inclusion, and it sends a clear message that the city values the contributions of its immigrant population. Whereas shameful federal deportation dragnet programs like SCOMM have created a culture of suspicion that has divided communities and led to Arizonification, Philadelphia’s new policy represents the turning tide. We expect more cities will follow Philly’s lead in weeks and months ahead, and we congratulate and thank everyone involved in this historic policy.”
Legislation Seeks to Improve Public Safety, Restore Trust in Law Enforcement, and Prevent Unjust Deportations Boston, MA (March 19, 2014) — State legislation that would curtail the use of local and state resources on federal deportation quota programs passed out of the Joint Public Safety committee today. The measure (SB 1135), known as…
Landmark law expected to lower deportations, raise confidence in law enforcement 2013.12.30 – California’s TRUST Act is poised to have a dramatic impact on the immigration debate when it goes into effect this Wednesday, January 1, along with a host of other pro-immigrant measures. As anticipation mounts in immigrant communities across the state, representatives of several organizations which sponsored…
Villaraigosa, Ammiano, and key leaders celebrate California TRUST Act, Urge other states and feds to follow CA’s lead
Signing of TRUST expected to propel national immigration debate in new direction When: Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 AM Pacific / 1:30 PM Eastern Who: Confirmed speakers include – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D – San Francisco Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist and founder of Define American Rabbi Ken Chasen, Leo…
October 5, 2013. – Los Angeles, CA
In response to Governor Jerry Brown signing the California TRUST Act (AB4) into law, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado released the following statement:
“The tide is turning. California’s historic legislation marks a shift of the pendulum away from the criminalization of immigrants and against the idea that police should have any role in immigration enforcement. The more the public learns about the failed Se Communities deportation program, the more clear it becomes that it should be ended. The President should take a cue from the state of California and other locales that have rejected his deportation quota program and reverse course on his Administration’s policies of Arizonification.
Sacramento – Today, by an initial vote of 48 to 22, the California State Assembly approved amendments to TRUST Act (AB 4 – Ammiano) which reflect the great majority of a framework proposed by the Governor’s office. Today’s “concurrence” vote follows yesterday’s successful Senate vote of 25-11. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, and a broad coalition of supporters is confident that the Governor will sign the significantly revised proposal into law.
The bill would ease the painful impact of the “Se” Communities or S-Comm deportation program, which turns even low level or unjustified arrests into extended detentions for deportation purposes in local jails. S-Comm has split families apart, undermined community confidence in law enforcement, and led to the deportation of nearly 100,000 Californians, most with minor convictions or none at all.