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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 lowest cost viagra online free shipping 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."

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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 buy viagra professional online local and state resources on federal deportation quota programs passed out of the drug viagra Joint Public Safety committee today. The measure (SB 1135), known as the MA Trust Act, is mirrored after similar bills already in effect in the Cook County, IL, Washington, DC, and California and is part of a wave of local legislative responses to to the troubled federal "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) deportation program whose implementation Governor Patrick sought to prevent in Massachusetts in 2011.
Boston, MA was a pilot location for S-Comm, and today across the state, 68% of persons deported through the program have no criminal convictions whatsoever or were only accused of minor offenses. Since revelations about the program's impact on public safety became public, half a dozen Massachusetts mayors have come out in opposition to the program. In fact, a national study by the University of Illinois Chicago found that nearly half of Latinos surveyed were less likely to call police if witness to or victim of uk levitra sales a crime out of fear of inquiry into their immigration status. Senator Eldrige and Representative Scortino sponsored the MA TRUST Act, with state-wide support from the 100mg viagra Massachusetts TRUST Act Coalition, to remedy the situation and legal pharmacy online restore trust in law enforcement by preventing submission to burdensome and overreaching ICE hold requests.   
Senator James Eldridge, Senate lead sponsor of the bill, said in response, "I'm extremely happy that the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security has favorably reported out the Trust Act today. I'm deeply grateful to the committee chairs, Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton) and Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole), for their support of a bill that will limit local law enforcement's submission to unjust, unnecessary, and unsafe federal deportation programs, therefore restoring the trust between immigrant communities and police, and increasing the public safety for all residents in Massachusetts."
Jorge Sanchez Berduo, a member of Just Communities and immigrant resident of Hamden County who was detained for two weeks on an ICE hold and finally released - without charges - after sustained pressure said about the impact of ICE holds, "The time I spent detained on an ICE hold changed my life, my family went through enormous economic hardship, my mother became sick with worry, and even now, we live with a new level of cialis sales in canada fear. We need the MA Trust Act." 
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network that has coordinated TRUST initiatives and was a sponsor of the California bill, added, "Today Massachusetts takes a step toward inclusion and a step away from the misguided federal programs that brought Arizona-like policies to every corner of the country. While the Beltway continues to debate itself about which way forward on immigration, states across the country are leading the cialis discounts way with proactive legislation. Passing the TRUST Act concretely keeps families together and rejects the criminalization of our communities. ICE's programs like S-Comm have created a state of terror for immigrants that Massachusetts is poised to to fix." 
Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente, added, "This is an important step forward for Massachusetts, and we are ready to take the next step and only here secure swift passage of the MA Trust Act. We need to hold local and state officials accountable for playing accomplice to misguided and cruel federal deportation policy, and we are ready to stand with our officials that stand with our communities." 
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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 pfizer viagra other pro-immigrant measures. As anticipation mounts in immigrant communities across the state, representatives of several organizations which sponsored the bill are available this week for phone interviews as well as in-person interviews in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

The TRUST Act (AB 4 by Assemblymember Ammiano) sets a minimum standard throughout California to limit cruel and costly immigration “hold” requests in local jails. These optional requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) trap undocumented community members– and even citizens – in local jails for extra time at local expense. 

Often triggered by the deeply controversial “Secure Communities” or S-Comm program, the holds have caused over 100,000 deportations in California since 2009 and have come under severe fire for undermining community confidence in law enforcement, separating families, and wasting local resources. A significant majority of the Californians deported either had minor convictions or none at all.

When Governor Brown signed the bill on Oct. 5, he declared: “We’re not using our jails as a holding vat for the immigration service” and highlighted California’s move toward inclusive immigration policies as a national model:  “Just as California’s changed, Arizona’s going to change … we’re part of a grand and great transition.”

The bill goes into affect amid growing calls for President Obama to follow California’s example and use his considerable executive authority to halt deportations.

Meanwhile, other TRUST Acts are pending in Massachusetts and Maryland.

TRUST Act – key developments since signature and resources

Sea change among California Sheriffs: With support already strong among police chiefs, Congressmembers, and religious leaders, recent months have also seen key Sheriffs who once opposed TRUST shift their stances dramatically.

In September, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signaled his support, and Sonoma Sheriff Steve Freitas announced he would follow TRUST. (The pair had previously threatened to defy the propecia online bill.) Since signature, several Sheriffs, including the Sheriff of Contra Costa County – which has seen the most deportations in the Bay Area – have embraced the bill.

Additionally, San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon not only shifted his stance this month, but also added TRUST Act protections into a rare, controversial agreement with ICE that advocates have long protested. And following a civil disobedience demonstration by local immigrant youth - including a young man whose brother was deported in 2011 for driving without a license - Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims confirmed she will also adhere to TRUST.

Who will TRUST help? During the three-year fight to pass the TRUST Act, many courageous undocumented Californians facing deportation spoke out, including María Sánchez of Torrance, currently facing deportation after she was the victim of a fender-bender; domestic violence survivors wrongfully arrested after calling for help like Norma and Isaura; Day Laborers like Jose Ucelo, arrested on false charges from employers unwilling to pay wages owed;  Sacramento tamale vendor Juana Reyes and other food vendors; and Ruth Montano, a Bakersfield mother nearly deported due to a trivial complaint over her small dogs’ barking. Had TRUST been in effect, none would have been held for deportation.

What the bill does: TRUST ensures that people with most low-level, non-violent offenses are not wastefully held for deportation purposes.  At the same time, its compromise, minimum standard allows holds for both felony convictions and for those accused of felonies under certain circumstances. It also allows holds for people with a number of higher level misdemeanor convictions within 5 years and for certain convictions in federal court. (Full text here.)

Local policies: Since each immigration hold raises serious due process and civil rights issues, local governments can enact protections beyond the how much to buy viagra in pounds TRUST Act. This year, San Francisco stopped virtually all immigration holds, and Santa Clara County upheld the state’s strongest anti-deportation policy.


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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 Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
  • Neidi Dominguez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  • María Sánchez, LA mom facing deportation due to arrest over a fender-bender in Torrance; member of POWER
  • Dean Santos, youth who faced deportation after minor arrest, member of ASPIRE

The call is hosted by the organizational sponsors of tramadol bedroom online the TRUST Act: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, California Immigrant Policy Center, ACLU of California, and Mexican American Legal Defense and cialis daily uk Educational Fund

Background: Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the TRUST Act (AB 4 - Ammiano)  along with several other key pro-immigrant measures Saturday   has brought hope to millions of immigrant Californians and galvanized immigrant advocates across the nation. On Monday's tele-press conference, key leaders will examine the TRUST Act's impact on California, neighboring states, and national immigration reform debate.

The TRUST Act will ease the painful impact of the "Secure" Communities or S-Comm deportation program, which turns even low level or unjustified arrests into extended detentions for deportation purposes in local jails, separating families and undermining community confidence in law enforcement. S-Comm has deported a total of nearly 100,000 Californians to date, most with minor or no convictions. 

The compromise version of TRUST signed into law by the Governor gives law enforcement much more leeway to respond to immigration "detainer" requests than last year's version of the bill, while setting a minimum standard to ensure that those with most low-level, non-violent offenses are not wastefully held for deportation purposes. For example, the bill allows holds for both felony convictions and also for those accused of felonies under certain circumstances. The new law also allows holds for people with a number of higher level misdemeanor (or “wobbler”) convictions within 5 years, and for certain federal criminal convictions.

The new law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014  , has earned a growing wave of support including former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanopolice chiefs  including San Diego’s Chief Lansdowne, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, 28 members of US Congresslegal experts, and faith leaders.


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Saturday, 05 October 2013 10:18

TRUST Act Signed into Law in California


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  Secure 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 viagra cheapest price Arizonification.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:36

CA TRUST Act Heads to Gov. Brown's Desk

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 "Secure" 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.

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September 04, 2013, Los Angeles, CA
Today the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Gil Cedillo endorsing the statewide TRUST Act (AB4) and calling upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign it into law as written.
The Council joins a growing chorus of support for the compromise bill including 28 Congressional reps300 faith leaders, and prominent law enforcement leaders.
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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 levitra label from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself.  Governor Brown vetoed the order viagra bill, citing technical concerns, and he pledged to sign the TRUST ACT into law “forthwith.”

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