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Yesterday, for the first time, Janet Napolitano revealed her perspective on how the decision to do DACA was made in 2012.   Today, Buzzfeed is reporting that the President is set to receive final recommendations from his current Secretary of Homeland Security about expected changes in deportation policies.   In reaction, Pablo Alvarado the Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "While there is clearly a battle under way to manage expectations for the scope of the forthcoming administrative action, we will continue to push for the maximum exercise of legal discretion under the law.  That includes a bare minimum, an extension of work authorization to everyone who would qualify under the Senate bill and end to the Secure Communities program and policies that criminalize immigrants.   The President has the legal authority, the moral obligation, and the political capital required to take these important steps.    "If the President provides relief for less people than would have qualified for a path to citizenship under the Senate bill, he will divide the immigrant rights community and undermine the rarest of things in Washington DC nowadays:  a bipartisan consensus.  Janet Napolitano's speech yesterday revealed that the extension of relief to 'Dreamers' in 2012 was a wholly artificial division between so called 'deserving and undeserving' immigrants.   According to her speech, the political cover for the action came from the DREAM Act (which failed to pass out of the Senate) and the scope of coverage was limited by bureaucratic constraints. Napolitano's speech confirmed what we have known for some time.  The President can and should do more.  Much more.   “Despite what might be the latest rumor of the day within the Washington Beltway, a reasonable expectation for the President is that he uses a similar calculation as he did in 2012.  Only this time, instead of using the DREAM Act as a template, he should use the Senate Bill, which received 68 votes in the US Senate.   Anything less will be unacceptable and met with further protest.” ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting Contact B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773.791.4668 Concerts Highlighting Urgency for Deportation Relief Continue Outside LA Detention Center with a Son Jarocho Performance Los Angeles, CA - After a successful opening concert with Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will continue the Chant Down the Walls Concert series for migrants in detention by hosting Son del Centro for an evening of Son Jarocho outside the walls of the Metropolitan Detention Center in LA. The concert, held Mondays at 5:00 PM on the corner of Aliso and Alameda bring attention to the many LA residents held in detention as the President prolongs delay of relief and reform.  "We want the people inside to know they're not forgotten," says Claudia Bautista, organizer of the ICE Out of LA Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "ICE tries to disappear our families and hide our loved ones in plain sight. We're here to say that these walls cannot divide us and we will keep fighting until ICE stops seeing us as quota fillers and until the President grants us relief." What: Part two of Chant Down the Walls Concert Series When: Monday October 20, at 5:00 PM Where: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center (180 N Los Angeles St Los Angeles, California 90012) ####  
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773.791.4668 NDLON Launches Chant Down the Walls Concert Series Los Angeles, CA - Today, Monday October 13, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network is launching Chant Down the Walls, a free concert series that will take place in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center every Monday for the next several weeks, with a performance by Chilean MC and activist Ana Tijoux and Los Jornaleros del Norte. The idea behind Chant Down the Walls came up when 200 day laborers from around the country joined LA residents in a march from Placita Olvera to the Metropolitan Detention Center in late August. When the march reached the corner of Alameda and Aliso, the sound of people pounding on their windows inside prompted the marchers to look up and be confronted with the faces of those inside, their held up messages scrawled on toilet papers, and their raised their fists as the marchers outside chanted, "No están solos/You are not alone.”  For the next several weeks, we will return every Monday evening to amplify that message with musicians who will hold a concert for the detainees with songs that will penetrate the detention center walls. We'll rally to say ICE Out of LA and get our loved ones out of the jails. WHAT: Chant Down the Walls concert series, kickstarting with Chilean Activist/MC, Ana Tijoux  and Los Jornaleros del Norte. WHEN: Monday, October 13th @ 12 noon WHERE: In front of the Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (on the corner of N. Alameda St. & E. Aliso St.) ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773.791.4668 Larry Gonzalez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 202.466.0879 Donald Gatlin, 202.587.2871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   MALDEF AND NDLON FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BALDWIN PARK FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TRUST ACT  One Year Following Passage of Law That Limits Cruel and Costly Immigration “Holds” in Local Jails, Groups Call Out Violations LOS ANGELES, CA — MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an “immigration hold,” in violation of the California TRUST Act. The TRUST Act (AB 4), which went into effect on January 1, 2014, limits cruel and costly immigration “holds” in local jails. California’s TRUST Act sought to restore trust between police and immigrant communities in the wake of the Secure Communities program - a discredited federal deportation program that has led to the separation of hundreds of thousands of immigrant families. In direct violation of the law, Baldwin Park Police intentionally and illegally detained Mr. Flores, who was arrested for driving without a license and has no criminal history, for several days on the sole basis of an immigration “hold” request. As a result of his unlawful detention, Mr. Flores is now facing the prospect of deportation and separation from his U.S. citizen son. ”Law enforcement officials who choose to honor ICE holds issued against peaceful immigrants raising families in California undermine public safety and community cohesion,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel.  “State law now clearly prohibits this detrimental conduct by police in California.” In addition to violating Mr. Flores’ rights under the TRUST Act, the Baldwin Park Police Department refused to allow Mr. Flores to post bail for which he was eligible, and which he was willing and able to pay. By confining Mr. Flores without cause or a judicial warrant Baldwin Park City was in direct violation of state law.  Matthew Barragan, MALDEF Staff Attorney, stated: “The TRUST Act is intended to restore community trust for immigrants who are too afraid of deportation to report crime to local law enforcement.  The Baldwin Park Police Department…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773.791.4668 Larry Gonzalez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 202.466.0879 Donald Gatlin, 202.587.2871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   MALDEF AND NDLON FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BALDWIN PARK FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TRUST ACT  One Year Following Passage of Law That Limits Cruel and Costly Immigration “Holds” in Local Jails, Groups Call Out Violations LOS ANGELES, CA — MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an “immigration hold,” in violation of the California TRUST Act. The TRUST Act (AB 4), which went into effect on January 1, 2014, limits cruel and costly immigration “holds” in local jails. California’s TRUST Act sought to restore trust between police and immigrant communities in the wake of the Secure Communities program - a discredited federal deportation program that has led to the separation of hundreds of thousands of immigrant families. In direct violation of the law, Baldwin Park Police intentionally and illegally detained Mr. Flores, who was arrested for driving without a license and has no criminal history, for several days on the sole basis of an immigration “hold” request. As a result of his unlawful detention, Mr. Flores is now facing the prospect of deportation and separation from his U.S. citizen son. ”Law enforcement officials who choose to honor ICE holds issued against peaceful immigrants raising families in California undermine public safety and community cohesion,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel.  “State law now clearly prohibits this detrimental conduct by police in California.” In addition to violating Mr. Flores’ rights under the TRUST Act, the Baldwin Park Police Department refused to allow Mr. Flores to post bail for which he was eligible, and which he was willing and able to pay. By confining Mr. Flores without cause or a judicial warrant Baldwin Park City was in direct violation of state law.  Matthew Barragan, MALDEF Staff Attorney, stated: “The TRUST Act is intended to restore community trust for immigrants who are too afraid of deportation to report crime to local law enforcement.  The Baldwin Park Police Department…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773.791.4668 NDLON Reacts to LA County Renewal of 287(g) Agreement with ICE Los Angeles, CA - In reaction to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voting to renew it's 287(g) agreement at the request of the current unelected Sheriff, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: "It's not unexpected from Supervisor Molina, who failed to monitor the program locally or keep pace with the rest of the country, to see the Board's reckless vote today. Molina's stigmatization of the victims of enforcement casts a cloud of suspicion over the entire immigrant community and ignores the realities of criminalization.   The Board's symbolic votes illustrates their failed leadership and the trust deficit elected officials have with communities, but it will not be what determines Los Angeles' future. The 287(g) program will likely be terminated at the federal level, and we will work with the next Sheriff and the new Board to ensure Los Angeles County takes appropriate steps to restore trust in law enforcement, respect civil rights, and protect all residents." ### 
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   On one year anniversary of landmark CA TRUST ACT, is Los Angeles poised to buck national trend of de-Arizonification? ICE Out of LA Coalition to Rally Before BOS Vote.   October 6, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA Though hard to believe, there are rumors that the LA Board of Supervisors might vote to extend 287(g), a deportation program that has been discredited and essentially abandoned across the country.   Conceived as a program to "disappear" immigrants without due process or probable cause, the program works hand in hand with the infamous Secure Communities program.   The result of jail based deportations has been a deportation surge, civil rights violations, and erosion of public safety.    In fact, in LA County, 44%  of Latinos report being less likely to call the police out of fear that authorities will investigate their immigration status.    Even the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio has acknowledged that the 287(g) program caused racial profiling.       Now, 250 jurisdictions have taken steps to protect residents from brutal, unconstitutional detainer initiated deportations.  On the eve of vote in Los Angeles, residents, immigrants, civil rights leaders, and labor leaders are planning to rally at the Board of Supervisors tomorrow morning at 9:00 am to oppose the program outside of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.   Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) states, "From Washington DC to LA county, there is a trust deficit right now when it comes to policymaking on immigration.    We fully expect LA supervisors to do the right thing and continue progress toward creating a clear line between local police and deportation efforts by ending the 287(g) agreement.  The TRUST Act passed one year ago was a major step forward followed by Los Angeles refusing to submit to Immigration’s unconstitutional detainer requests. Now the Board has the opportunity to further remove Arizona-style policies from LA’s books.”   Luis Ojeda, from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), says, "There is no reason for ICE to be in LA jails period.  Particularly for the Supervisors who are primarily motivated by public safety considerations , this should be an easy vote as there is a mountain of evidence that 287(g) has undermined community safety." "It's rather surprising that there is still a debate…
For immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n UPDATE: DACA Recipient Interrupts President’s Speech at CHC GalaWhile Families Facing Deportation Protest Outside Demanding Seat at the Table Video available at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53499354 Outside the gala, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Casa de Maryland, Workers United of DC, Juntos and others picketed with signs reading, “#DACA4ALL,” “Stop the Deportations,” and “#Not1More delay” Two immigrant rights leaders from the Philadelphia area made the trip to implore that the President offer relief immediately to release their husbands from detention and reunite their families. Maritza Guzman explained, “Since my husband was taken by ICE our lives haven't been the same. My children have developed complicated illnesses and without my husband's support, I've hit bottom. I'm tired of living like this. The President has to keep his promise. I'm here to deliver the message to the President myself if necessary." Criticism spread from the President to the Hispanic Caucus (CHC) itself.  Despite a position from the CHC that relief must be applied to those who would’ve qualified for the Senate bill , it recently provided political cover for the President’s decision to delay reforms until after the elections.  “Latino leaders should be demanding the President end the suffering of the people they represent today, not tomorrow. It doesn’t make sense for him to be invited to celebrate Latino heritage while he’s still responsible for so much damage to the Latino community,” says Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n for media availability to respond to the President’s speech at the CHC Gala ###
Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:59

NDLON Reacts to President's CHC Gala Speech

In reaction to President's speech on immigration tonight at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala, Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:    "The President correctly noted that people want to know 'where [his] heart is' on immigration, and his reaction to the courageous shouts of Blanca Hernandez, summed things up perfectly.  The President said, 'listen to what i'm going to say.  I'm going to get to that. I'm going to get to it.'    We have been hearing that rhetoric for six years as the President has unnecessarily destroyed immigrant workers' families and repeatedly delayed use of his existing legal authority, all in pursuit of a failed legislative strategy.     We believe strongly the President is getting bad legal and political advice.  He must reverse course immediately to close the widening gap between his rhetoric and his policies that threatens his legacy as President.  Simply put, the President's credibility is on the line.  We fully expect that he will improve upon, rather than undermine, the legalization standard set in the Senate bill, and we continue to demand the voices of those who are most impacted by his brutal policy to have an audience with him. And above all, we call upon the President to use his authority before, not after, the election. "   ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Immigrant and LGBTQ Organization Applaud Congressional  Support of Inclusion in Immigration Relief Washington DC - On Monday, Representatives Jared Polis, Raul Grijalva, David Cicilline, and Zoe Lofgren sent letter to the President calling for executive action that protects LGBT immigrants. The letter, signed by forty-four members of Congress, was well received by Immigrant and LBGTQ organizations: “Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement echoes the demand of the  Congress members Polis, Grijalva, Cicilline and Lofgren to pressure President Obama to pass an administrative relief to stop the deportation of LGBTQ undocumented immigrants and undocumented people across the country. We must continue to organize and add pressure to the president in order to get the most expansive administrative relief possible and ensure the trans and queer undocumented community is included,” Jorge Gutierrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. “We welcome Congressional support for the inclusion of protections for undocumented LGBTQ immigrants in executive immigration action and more voices pressing the President to act. There’s no excuse for the president to delay policies he himself admits are inhumane. He has the authority to enact expansive relief that includes LGBTQ immigrants who may not have family ties but are as equally deserving as anyone else,” Tania Unzueta, National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “Southerners On New Ground is thrilled that Congressional leaders are not only taking into account the acute impact of President Obama's deportation policies on LGBTQ communities, but are urging him to reconsider the life and death consequences into his own political calculations and those of the Democratic Party.  Our communities cannot afford to wait for this election cycle to have reprieve from the daily violence, isolation and fear many face inside of detention centers, and the anguish that thousands face with the ongoing threat of deportation,” Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Southerners On New Ground. The letter for protections of LGBTQ immigrants follows a request from 42 Representatives for President Obama to meet directly with undocumented families affected by his policies. The Blue Ribbon Commission, a group of current and formerly undocumented people, issued its 14 recommendations for executive action on immigration last  April and have requested a meeting to present them to the President. Groups will be picketing at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala on Thursday urging the President to expand relief immediately. The picket will take place at 6:00 PM at the Walter E. Washington…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Hispanic Caucus Gala to be Target of Protest by Immigrant Communities Over President's Continued Deportations Instead of Hosting the President, the CHC Should Be Representing its Constituency and Demanding Immediate Relief What: Picket line demanding deferred action and immediate relief from deportation Where: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW When: Thursday October 2 | 6:00pm–7:00pm Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Workers United of Washington, DC, #Not1More Campaign Washington, DC—Immigrant communities are noting a contradiction in this week's Hispanic Heritage celebratory gala hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the guest of honor at the event, President Obama, who recently announced he would delay executive action and deport another estimated 60,000 people while his Party campaigns for reelection in the midterms. For this reason immigrant communities will protest continued deportations at the CHC's gala on October 2 at 6:00 PM. "We want action before, not after the election. There is no excuse for the President to delay reforming a deportation policy that he himself described as inhumane, and there is certainly no excuse for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to accept a new protracted timeline. It appears the President is still relying on terrible political and legal advice when it comes to his deportation policy, and it is up to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to tell him to take action immediately. Our message is this: if the President walks into a room full of Latino leaders, he will be met with protest, not acquiescence," explains Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). The CHC has recently been under fire for acquiescing to the President's new timeline in a response statement released nearly two weeks after the President went back on his commitment to take action before Summer's end. Rather than the CHC, the strongest response to the President's delay came from a group of 42 Congressional Democrats who sent a letter to the President saying that it was necessary for him to meet directly with persons in deportation proceedings. ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: Hairo Cortes, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n  714.737.1069 42 Dems Ask President to Meet Directly With Persons Affected by Deportation Policies September 19, 2014, Washington, DC--On Friday, 42 Members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he meet directly with people suffering from his deportation and detention policies. The letter, led by Reps. Grijalva, Lewis, Chu, and Schakowsky, is in reaction to the President's most recent delay of administrative action on deportations.  In reaction to the letter, the Blue Ribbon Commission made up of currently and formerly undocumented persons, issued the following statement: "The multiple delays are evidence that the President continues to chose politics over people's lives and that he continues to live up to the title of 'Deporter in Chief.' We commend the U.S. Representatives that have signed onto this letter. It underscores the fact that persons that are directly experiencing President Obama's deportation and detention policies are of course the best equipped to convey the suffering in our communities. "Today, real leadership on immigration means ensuring that the President is accountable to those who are most impacted by his policies and ensuring that there are consequences for inaction. We call on other organizations and community leaders to take a stand with us and say, 'no more meetings about us, with us'."  On July the Blue Ribbon Commission called on President Obama to meet with directly impacted undocumented people, and asked allies to boycott any meetings in which undocumented people are not present. Since then we have picked up support from the AFL-CIO and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. ###  
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1090-raction-chc-resolution Contact: Hairo Cortes, NDLON, 714.737.1069  NDLON’s Initial Reaction to Hispanic Caucus’ Immigration Resolution  In reaction to Congressman to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ resolution on administrative immigration action, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus resolution does not adequately reflect the views of undocumented immigrants, their families, or the immigrant rights community at large.   The CHC should not acquiesce to the President's most recent timeline. “There is clearly a failure of leadership in Washington DC that extends well beyond the White House, and it is time to tell the truth about those who put partisan interests above the welfare of those who propelled them into positions of leadership. “We insist that the President act with the full extent of his legal authority today, not after the election, to prevent unnecessary suffering and injustice caused by his brutal deportation policy, and we will continue to insist that the President meet directly with undocumented immigrants and their families. “This should not be a controversial request.  The President is clearly getting bad legal and political advice when it comes to immigration. He has met with lobbyists and business leaders, but he hasn't looked into the eyes of the people most affected by his unjust deportation policy.  If he did, he would take action without delay.  The President must now demonstrate his commitment to the eventual citizenship of immigrants by honoring their request for self-representation."  ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n 773.791.4668 Blue Ribbon Commission Reacts Congressman Grijalva’s Letter In reaction to Congressman Grijalva and other Congressional Democrats’ letter asking President Obama to meet with people undocumented people, Maru Mora, member of the Blue Ribbon Commission, issued the following statement: “I commend Congress members Raul Grijalva, John Lewis, Judy Chu, and Jan Schakowsky for their leadership in elevating, rather than suppressing, the voices of undocumented people who live with the threat of deportation every day. Too often politicians and lobbyists on Capitol Hill speak on our behalf without truly understanding our urgency for action, nor our need to see broad relief. This is why we welcome all support to be our own advocates in a meeting with President Obama. We hope more members of Congress sign on to this letter.” On July the Blue Ribbon Commission called on President Obama to meet with directly impacted undocumented people, and asked allies to boycott any meetings in which undocumented people are not present. Since then we have picked up support from the AFL-CIO and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Excuse Cross-Postings   Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1088-raction-chc-wh-meet   NDLON Reaction to Latino Caucus' Meeting with White House   September 11, 2014, Los Angeles, CA--On Thursday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. In reaction to the meeting and the new timetable for executive action announced by the White House, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement:    Like the Hispanic Caucus, we are seeking assurances that the President will stick to his word. The best way for President Obama to demonstrate his sincerity is to look straight into the eyes of those individuals who are fighting their own deportations and detentions and make the promise.    ###
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