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.”
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.
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
See example language for TRUST Acts: California TRUST Act – AB4 Connecticut TRUST Act – HB 5938 Massachusetts TRUST Act – SB 1135 Florida TRUST Act – SB730 Washington, DC Immigration Detainer Compliance Act – Passed 12/2011 Cook County, IL Policy on Immigration Detainers – Passed 09/2011 Chicago Welcoming City Ordinance – Passed 09/2012
Freedom of Information Act Suit to Shed Light on Tactics to Halt California TRUST Act
SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2013—The Asian Law Cacus, a legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities, has sued federal immigration authorities for information about whether they helped defeat a bill meant to limit entanglement between California law enforcement and U.S. immigration agencies.
The lawsuit seeks information from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and the Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act about possible efforts to encourage the Governor’s office and state sheriff’s association to oppose the TRUST Act, AB-4.
Had the TRUST Act passed last year, it would have restricted California’s involvement in the Se Communities program, which relies on local police to hold individuals suspected of being deportable upon arrest until ICE can pick them up for possible deportation. Last summer, the bill reached Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk with robust support from both legislative houses, but he vetoed it.
Immigrant Communities Rallied Today in Support of the TRUST Act authored by Sen. Eldridge & Rep. Sciortino
Boston, MA –
As momentum for federal immigration reform grows, Massachusetts is set to lead the nation by advancing the TRUST act, a state bill to provide immediate relief from deportations, strengthen public safety, and propel the national conversation on immigration reform towards inclusion. Specifically the bill sets a clear standard for local law enforcement agencies not to submit to burdensome requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) most often prompted by the Se Communities (S-Comm) program to detain people for deportation who have otherwise been ordered released by the courts. The bill is authored by Sen. Eldridge in the Senate and Rep. Sciortino in the House and was introduced with 34 cosponsors.
Statistics reveal failure of ICE’s latest guidelines, add urgency to passage of TRUST Act March 11, 2013 – An analysis of new data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has found that 1,941 Californians were deported in the first month of 2013 alone, an alarming figure that would have been significantly lower were the TRUST Act already signed into law. The…
State TRUST Acts & NYC Bills to Protect Against Record Breaking Deportations, Set Direction for National Reform
Revelations of Deportation Quota and Widespread Detainer Requests Spur Local Policies to Restore Trust and Safety, Protect Immigrant Residents States and cities across the country are taking the initiative to use their constitutional powers to improve public safety and advance the inclusion of their immigrant residents by limiting ICE’s overreaching hold requests. New bills are expected to pass New…