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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting June 23rd, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona; 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n LOS ANGELES COALITION FOR UNIVERSAL REPRESENTATION CELEBRATES CITY COUNCIL’S ENDORSEMENT OF LA JUSTICE FUND New $10 Million Fund Provides Desperately Needed Help to Immigrants Facing Imminent Threat of Deportation Los Angeles – Today, the LA City Council voted overwhelmingly (11-1) in support of the LA Justice Fund, a public-private partnership to provide deportation defense for immigrants facing the threat of removal. The City Council approved $2 million for the first two years of the program, to complement $3 million from the County and $5 million from private foundations. “The LA Justice Fund is an incredibly important commitment from the City, County and private foundations at a critical moment,” said Judy London, Directing Attorney of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of Public Counsel. “Every day we receive calls from people whose families are being ripped apart by the brutal actions of ICE agents in our community. I hope that tomorrow we will be able to say, ‘you don’t have to walk this road alone.’” The Los Angeles Coalition for Universal Representation – a coalition of dozens of legal, faith-based, labor and community organizations – lauded the LA City Council’s vote today. “Our community is under attack by harsh anti-immigrant forces at the highest levels of the federal government,” said Carlos Amador of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “The LA Justice Fund is the first step from Los Angeles to say, ‘we have your back; you are not in this alone.’” “I am glad that the City of Los Angeles is working to make sure that no one is left to fight the government’s deportation force alone—as I am doing now,” said Phal Sok, an organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition who is currently fighting his deportation without a lawyer. “I have lived here since I was 61 days old. Due to mistakes I made in my youth, the US government is trying to deport me to a country I do not know. Until I walked into immigration court to defend myself—alone—I believed that due process was a fundamental right at the foundation of this country. While there is more work to do, the LA Justice Fund is a critical first step.” The Coalition particularly recognizes the important comments made by City Council members in support of this initiative. “We applaud the leadership of Council Members Cedillo, Harris Dawson, Bonin and Blumenfield,” said…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:34

Statement Regarding Romulo Avelica

For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-PostingJune 21st, 2017Contact: Jennifer Cuevas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Statement Regarding Romulo Avelica Los Angeles – On Friday, June 16, without opposition from the City Attorney and on the ground of a legal invalidity, a judge granted the request of Romulo Avelica to vacate his 1998 misdemeanor conviction for receipt of stolen property. Mr. Avelica is an undocumented father of four U.S. citizen children and long-time Los Angeles resident whose arrest by immigration agents while dropping his daughters at school on February 28, 2017 sparked widespread outrage. The conviction, which stemmed from an incident involving Mr. Avelica’s display of a vehicle registration sticker that he had not purchased, had previously led federal immigration authorities to hold him ineligible for certain forms of relief from deportation. As part of the vacatur, Mr. Avelica re-pled to a lesser vehicle code violation in relation to the incident. A judge had previously vacated Mr. Avelica’s only other misdemeanor conviction on grounds of legal invalidity, for which Mr. Avelica also re-pled to a lesser vehicle code violation. Mr. Avelica appreciates the City Attorney’s efforts, consistent with state law, to limit the unjust immigration consequences of Mr. Avelica’s conviction. Steve Escovar, attorney for Mr. Avelica, stated, “The City Attorney has demonstrated that reasonable efforts by prosecutors can help to keep families intact and avoid the severe penalty of deportation which can result from certain criminal convictions.” Mr. Avelica’s lawyers have moved for the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider or reopen his immigration case, in part in response to Friday’s decision. Mr. Avelica’s lawyers are also asking that Immigration and Customs Enforcement stay his deportation and release him from detention while he pursues his efforts to reopen his case. ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting June 19, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   NDLON Responds to New Endorsements of CA Values Act   Los Angeles, CA – On Monday, CA Senate Leader Kevin de Leon hosted a press conference with former US Attorney General Eric Holder, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and other Statewide Law Enforcement officials to express their support for the California values act (SB-54).   In response, Chris Newman, NDLON’s Legal Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “California’s SB54 (The Values Act, Senator de Leon) serves as a model for state and local governments that are trying to kick Trump’s deportation force out of their communities.   As President Trump and his top advisors continue to convert racist rhetoric into policy, ICE is increasingly becoming a danger to public safety.  ICE Director Homan’s deplorable testimony last week was evidence of this fact.  Particularly because the Trump administration openly boasts of terrorizing immigrants, local governments have a duty to take actions that protect their communities.   California’s SB54 will improve public safety for all residents while protecting civil rights that have come under assault.    Finally, it is encouraging to see former Attorney General Eric Holder, formerly the chief law enforcement officer for the Obama Administration, evolve on this issue.  We hope other law enforcement officials will follow his lead.”   LA Times: A U.S. citizen says her rights were violated after she was detained by immigration authorities in San Bernardino   ABC Eyewitness Newsmakers: Senate Leader and LA County Sheriff discuss California Values Act   CNN: Becoming a Sanctuary State Could Help California Protect its Economy, Too   LA Times: What You Need to Know About California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill and How it Would Work ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting June 5th, 2017Contact: Tania Mejia, 979-308-9634, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Major Immigrant & Civil Rights Organizations Call for Summer of Non-Compliance Against Hate Legislation (SB4) in Texas #BastaTexas #OrganizeTX Dallas, TX – The passage of Senate Bill 4 in Texas has set a new precedent for the prohibition of sanctuary cities and will open the door to the systematic targeting, profiling, and harassment of all Texans by Trump-inspired law enforcement. Since its passage, organizations and advocacy groups from around the country have been ramping up efforts to challenge its constitutional standing and prepare local communities from around the state for increased enforcement and to defend themselves from violations of their rights. On Monday, seasoned activists from the fight against Arizona’s SB1070 joined Texas community leaders and organizations to launch the “Summer of Resistance” against SB4.  Identified as #BastaTexas & #OrganizeTX, the summer of resistance is a call for activists and allies from across the country to organize and mobilize local community members in defiance of unjust racial profiling and criminalization of immigrants, Latinos, and the African-American community. More information for the emergent campaign, and how to get involved, can be found at “SB-4 will not only impact immigrants, it will affect Latino and Mexican-American Tejanos who have lived in the state for generations; African Americans who already face a disproportionate impact when encountering police will be further affected; indigenous people who are fighting for their lands and history” said Tania Mejia, Communications Director for JOLT. “Additionally, SB4 criminalizes elected officials that express dissent, it makes it illegal to support or work to advance sanctuary policies in support of the rights of immigrants. Making it illegal for our elected officials to voice dissent, or to speak freely, is an impediment to our democracy and sets a precedent for an authoritarian regime” she concluded. “We know that SB4 is politically motivated. It is hate legislation, unequivocally” said Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Coordinator for NDLON. In the era of Trump, SB4 is a dangerous step toward the extremist targeting of immigrants and all people who look or speak differently. It's clear by now that Trump cannot punish immigrants to the extent he wishes, within the bounds of federal law. He is relying on States to do the dirty work for him” he concluded. In 2010, activists were galvanized when confronted with SB1070 in Arizona, which sought to…
Media Advisory for June 2nd 2017 Contact: Jennifer Cuevas, Academia Avance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n 
Armando Carmona, NDLON, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Community Calls on City Attorney and Court to Vacate Unjust Conviction of Immigrant Father Imprisoned by ICE Since February Arrest Outside of Elementary School 
Los Angeles – Family and community leaders will gather outside of LA Superior Court Friday morning to support Romulo Avelica, the father of 4 US citizen daughters in ICE custody since February 28. His arrest while dropping his daughters off at school has garnered international outrage. Mr. Avelica is asking a court to vacate a minor decades-old conviction. WHAT: Press Conference Followed by Court Hearing on Post-Conviction Relief 
WHEN: Press Conference Friday, June 2 at 8:30 am // Hearing at 9:30 am
 WHERE: Shortridge Foltz Courthouse, 210 West Temple Street (Hearing in Department 45) WHO: Romulo’s family, his children’s school, educators, and community 
 Diana Vargas Avelica, Mr. Avelica’s high school aged niece, stated: “My uncle deserves a second chance at life with his family.” Diana considers Mr. Avelica a father figure, but will graduate next week as the valedictorian of her senior class at Academia Avance with Mr. Avelica more than 3 months at Adelanto with the threat of deportation. Diana continued, “I want to know that my city will be one where improper convictions do not destroy a person’s life.” Mr. Avelica’s old conviction has been used by ICE as justification for his attempted deportation; denied him immigration relief; and resulted in his entry into deportation proceedings in the first place. Under California law, it should be vacated. Yet the City Attorney – LA’s top prosecutor – is aggressively resisting Mr. Avelica’s efforts. A judge will review the case Friday. “The City Attorney’s aggressive efforts to challenge Mr. Avelica’s case is a waste of city resources, and illustrates a lack of coherent policy regarding minor convictions. Los Angeles should not be out of step with the rest of the state,” said Emi MacLean, an attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and part of Mr. Avelica’s legal team. 
Rev. Francisco Garcia, Rector at Holy Faith Episcopal Church and on the Board of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), affirmed, “This city must live our values. We must know that the city’s prosecutors are not actively or inadvertently furthering the deportation of our neighbors.” “Los Angeles must act to protect our city’s residents,” said Daniel…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting May 23, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Trump Attempts Sweeping Changes to Immigration Law Through Obscure Budget Provision If Enacted, Attack on Sanctuary Cities Would Further Entangle Local Police in Deportation Machine Los Angeles—A major proposed change to long-standing immigration law is hidden on page 544 of the White House’s budget proposal released Tuesday. In an attack on sanctuary cities, the change purports to prohibit a wide range of state and local policies limiting collaboration in deportations. Coming in response to growing local opposition to the Trump deportation agenda, the change follows an apparent retreat yesterday from the Attorney General in the wake of a federal court decision enjoining Trump’s previous attempt to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities, which the court found likely unconstitutional. In response to the proposal, Jessica Bansal, Litigation Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “Scapegoating immigrants and sanctuary cities has been a centerpiece of Trump’s agenda since he announced his candidacy. But Jeff Session’s recent memo and the White House budget make several things clear: First, sanctuary policies that prevent police from collaborating in Trump’s deportation agenda comply with existing law. Second, to make Trump’s rhetoric about sanctuary cities a reality, the law would have to change. But the Trump Administration cannot change the law by fiat. Thankfully, neither a proposed budget nor a vituperative White House press release can alter the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment prohibits the President from conscripting state and local police into his deportation force. Third, the more the White House tries to shape local police in the image of Sheriff Arpaio, the more states and local governments will rebel by passing policies that protect immigrants and public safety. In California, lawmakers are well under way to doing just that.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting //May 17, 2017Contact: Jon Rodney, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Over 100 Law Professors Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: The California Values Act is Good Law and Good Policy Los Angeles – On Wednesday, over 100 law professors from across the United States, including Dean Chemerinsky of UC Irvine and Dean Johnson of UC Davis, sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature affirming that California has full legal authority to adopt Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, which would limit use of state and local resources to assist Trump’s deportation force. As sanctuary policies gain steam across the nation, the letter affirms that SB 54 will “ensure compliance with the constitution.” This show of support for the Values Act from some of the nation’s top legal minds comes one week after the Sheriff of Santa Cruz County endorsed the bill. The letter is laden with citations to cases from the United States Supreme Court and other authorities affirming that, under the Tenth Amendment, “California is entitled to be free from federal coercion” when it comes to its own police powers. This includes the right to ensure that public  institutions “remain safe and accessible” to all California residents. The letter also details recent cases holding local law enforcement liable for detaining people for federal immigration authorities and suggests that the Values Act is necessary to uphold California residents’ Fourth Amendment rights. Christopher Lasch, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, said: "The Constitution is clear about California’s authority to lead the way in resisting mass deportation through SB 54. This important legislation is not only fully within California’s power, it’s actually necessary to honor the demands of the Constitution and bring a a much-needed dose of justice to temper the racialized, out-of-control immigration enforcement we are seeing under the Trump administration.” “Trump is attempting to bully local governments into acting as his deportation force” said Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON Litigation Director. “But as today’s overwhelming show of support from legal scholars makes clear, the law is not on his side.  California can—and must—protect its residents by passing SB 54 and keeping our schools, health facilities, and police out of the deportation business.” ###
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017Contact: Armando O. Carmona: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n 323-250 3018 Immigrant Worker Advocates Call for Greater Protections on “Workers’ Memorial Day” Immigrant Workers Push for Health & Safety Protections, CA Values Act (SB-54) to Defend Against Trump Immigration Policies LOS ANGELES, CA (April 28, 2017) - Worker advocates held a press conference Friday morning at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to highlight worker health and safety and the need to protect immigrant workers’ ability to speak up about dangerous working conditions.  “Workers should be protected when exercising their rights and reporting dangerous health and safety conditions, workplace injuries, or wage theft. Safe jobs are every worker’s right” said Flor Rodriguez from the CLEAN Carwash Campaign. Every day, about 13 workers die from workplace injuries, with Latino immigrant workers at a particularly high risk. Unions, worker centers, health and safety experts, and other worker advocates have seen a surge in fear from workers given the current anti-immigrant climate from the Trump Administration. “Given the current political context and persecution of immigrants, bad employers feel emboldened to disregard labor regulations and the safety of workers. We must fight alongside workers that stand up for their rights.” Loyda Alvarado, Workers Rights Organizer, NDLON “Today, on Worker Memorial Day, we urge the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to show leadership in the face of the harmful and misguided policies from the Federal Administration. When immigrant workers are afraid of reporting poor conditions, all workers suffer,” said Maria Elena Durazo, General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity for UNITE HERE. Advocates are highlighting the critical need for trust between immigrant workers and state agencies as spelled out in SB-54 (Sen Pro Tem Deleon– CA Values Act) – to prevent worker exploitation and to ensure safe jobs for all workers. And speakers invited the public to gather May 1st at MacArthur Park at 11 am in solidarity with worker and immigrant rights groups.“Given the current political context and persecution of immigrants, bad employers feel emboldened to disregard labor regulations and the safety of workers. We must fight alongside workers that stand up for their rights.” Loyda Alvarado, Workers Rights Organizer, NDLON Speakers include Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE; Flor Rodriguez, CLEAN Car Wash Campaign, Loyda Alvarado, NDLON; Maegan Ortiz, IDEPSCA; Kevin Riley, UCLA-LOSH; Jose Ponce, a former Millennium Reinforcing worker; and David Huerta, SEIU-USWW on behalf of the May Day Coalition.…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:55

NDLON Responds to DHS Creation of VOICE

For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting //April 26, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to DHS Creation of VOICE Los Angeles – On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the opening of Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE). In response, Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Coordinator for NDLON, issued the following statement: “The goal of this program is to instill fear of non-white immigrants. It is another deliberate step taken by the Trump administration towards creating institutions that legitimize racist propaganda. That’s what this is about, instilling fear in order to subject people to double suspicion, double punishment, and deprivation of due process.     It is blatantly racist and a dangerous new tool for extremists and white supremacists.   Trump’s weapon is fear. Trump wants white people to fear anyone who is not white.  And he wants all of us to fear him and his administration.    Our goal is to expose the truth about the Trump-Sessions agenda. Today, every one of us should be making it clear that we will not comply with that agenda, and that we will do everything we can to defy it.”   ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online hereApril 25, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Reaction to District Court Order Enjoining President Trump’s plan to defund “Sanctuary” jurisdictions. Los Angeles – On Tuesday, Judge William H. Orrick issued an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s threatened plan to take federal funding away from so-called sanctuary cities. Judge Orrick ruled, “[Trump's] Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.” In response, Pablo Alvarado, Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “Today's decision is vindication for those who are resisting President Trump’s white supremacist agenda.  Local governments don’t just have a legal right to fight back, they have a moral obligation to protect people most under attack. "To be clear, President Trump and Attorney General Sessions will continue their efforts to coerce and bully localities, especially those that take a stand for the values we most cherish, but they will only succeed if we let them.  Our responsibility is to protect our communities and to defend bedrock Constitutional rights. "While we salute Judge Orrick's decision, we cannot be complacent and rely exclusively on the courts. This moment must embolden all of us. No one should sacrifice their rights. And our political leaders must step into the fight against Trump’s racist agenda in defiance of his attempts to instill fear and terror in our communities. When the President is a conduit for white supremacy, local and state government must represent the people.” ###
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:29

NDLON May Day 2016

NDLON Message for May Day 2017 1) We support the call for a national general strike.   We are not here to ask for dignity, we are already dignified.   And we – immigrants in the US – already subsidize the U.S. economy.   We are here to demand the full equality that we are owed, and business as usual cannot continue if you do not recognize that. 2)  While our resistance is national, May 1st is a moment to advance our local demands and organizing.   There is NO excuse for local officials that have been complicit or silent in the face of Trump's offensive against immigrants and sanctuary cities. 3)  This is an opportunity to build with our sister movements, and across industries, neighborhoods, and ethnicities.   Our movement is stronger when it is diverse and inclusive, and when together, we reject the attacks on undocumented workers, black lives, the LGBT community, and women.  No one left behind. ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingApril 21th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to DOJ letter to 8 Jurisdictions On Sanctuary City Policies Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, the Department of Justice sent letters to eight jurisdictions asking for proof that they collaborate with immigration enforcement. According to the the LA Times, “the letters went to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well as officials in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee and New York City.” In the statement, the Department of Justice says that american cities are “crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime” Pablo Alvarado, NDLONs Executive Director issued the following statement: "The DOJ’s attempt to scare local governments away from resisting Trump’s deportation agenda will most certainly have the opposite effect. It will likely embolden lawmakers to pass policies that protect public safety, as opposed to criminalize and target large portions of its community. In California, the CA Values Act, (Deleon, SB-54) does just that. Not only does it limit cooperation between immigration and local law enforcement, but it ensures that state and local institutions do not participate in Trumps deportation agenda." ### *** NDLONs Directors & legal team is available for comment.
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting April 11th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   NDLON: Initiative Meant to Bully Local Officials Has Opposite Effect   Los Angeles, CA – On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will temporarily stop the publication of a weekly report of localities that have declined participating in federal immigration enforcement programs.  The NY Times cites a series of inconsistencies in which several localities are incorrectly named in the report and contains “misleading information” that has prompted both “confusion” and “defiance” throughout several law enforcement agencies.   Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON National Campaigns Coordinator, issued the following statement:   “For years the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has long used double-speak to coerce local governments into criminalizing immigrants. But this initiative- meant to intimidate and bully local officials-  has had the opposite effect.  It is unaccountable even by Trump Administration standards, and it has exposed the Administration’s inability to control the growing rebellion against Trump’s xenophobic agenda.     “In California, for example, SB54 ("CA Values Act”) will likely pass, and when it does,  it will constitute a repudiation of President Trump’s criminalizing agenda.   As long as Trump advances an agenda fear and hate, the consensus against it will only grow stronger and louder.”   ### Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued remarks on Tuesday morning “renewing the administration's commitment” to “criminal immigration enforcement” citing a series of new priorities issued towards federal prosecutors. NDLON Directors are available for comment.***
For Immediate ReleaseApril 3, 2016Contact:  Salvador G. Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Victory in the Battle Between Fear & Courage as CA Senate Advances Values Act Sacramento, CA – In reaction to the California Senate voting to advance the California VALUES Act (SB-54), Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "During a dark and shameful chapter of American history, we all have a moral duty to create sanctuary in our communities to shield immigrants from racism, scapegoating, and criminalization, and dehumanization.  California has a particular obligation, as home to the largest immigrant population in the country, to lead the way. "This bill stands for the proposition that immigrants should not be subject to double suspicion and double punishment.  Instead, immigrants deserve the same due process and right to rehabilitation as the native born.  This bill is about equality. "As SB54 moves to the Assembly and then to the Governor's desk, it will invariably come under attack from the same forces that propelled Trump into office.  We expect Governor Jerry Brown and our Assembly Members to show the same courage that immigrants like Romulo Avelica's family and thousands more across California demonstrate every day.  Lawmakers owe it to them, and to all the people of California, to stand strong and choose courage over fear." Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON's Litigation Director, added: "SB 54 is a beacon of light and sanity in the face of the President Trump's cruel, dishonest, and unrelenting campaign against immigrants.  California has zero reasons to help Trump tear immigrant mothers from their children and—especially in the face of planned cuts to federal programs—hundreds of more important things to spend its time and money on. "Other states across the nation can and should follow suit.  Opting out of Trump's deportation disaster is not only their right, it's their obligation." For more information about the bill, see the linked factsheet here.   ###
For Immediate ReleaseContact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   NDLON REACTION to AG Sessions Remarks (Sacramento, CA) – In reaction to Attorney General Sessions' remarks during the White House press briefing today, Salvador G. Sarmiento, Legislative Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "The Trump Administration appears to be good at doing two things:  stoking fear and issuing threats.  Today, Jeff Sessions did both in a blatant effort to change the story.  Immigrant-bashing has been Trump's most potent political weapon, and now sanctuary city-bashing is apparently Session's top priority. "The racist exploitation of tragedy helped propel Trump into office; and since occupying the White House, the Trump Administration has persisted in a divisive effort to make citizens scared of non-citizens and to make immigrants scared of government.  The Trump Administration is now trying to make sanctuary cities scared too.  Today, AG Sessions is bullying sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold money.  Tomorrow, the head of Trump's deportation force will take the unprecedented step of lobbying against California's SB-54, proposed legislation to wall off immigration from criminal law enforcement. "Federal courts will vindicate the rights of cities to refuse Trump's deportation agenda.  They will also likely find Trump's deportation policies in flagrant violation of the Constitution.  But make no mistake about it:  the political battle lines that have been drawn are between courage and fear.  Now is a time to affirm our shared values." ###
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