Press Releases

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.    ###
Saturday, 06 September 2014 12:57

Initial Reaction to Delay of Immigration Action

For immediate release // Excuse cross-posting  // Please Forward    Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1087-reactions-delay-immigrant-rights-org Contact: Hairo Cortes, 714.737.1069, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Initial Reaction to Delay of Immigration Action  In reaction to the President's delay of Administrative Relief until after the elections, local immigrant rights organizations in the #Not1More Deportation Campaign released the following reactions:     “This delay shows why our communities have named President Obama the Deporter-in-Chief. Because of the current deportation machine, my father is set to leave the country this October. Unless the President sits down at the table with those directly affected and prompt action is taken to stop deportations, my family sees President Obama’s 'administrative relief plan' as just another broken promise. When he has the power to shut off the deportation machine, he instead allows it to instill fear in our communities and tear families apart.” Gabriela Benitez, Undocumented Illinois   "With this decision Obama is once again ensuring his place in the history books as the Deporter-in-Chief. By refusing to reverse course on his disastrous policies in the name of political expedience, the President actively gives the green light to the continued devastation of immigrant communities and families across the country. The President only needs to consider the hunger strikes in detention centers and the civil disobedience actions across the country to understand that we have long since discarded the role traditionally assigned us: that of political pawns in an election cycle. We will continue to bring this fight to the President as long as it takes for him to do the right thing.”  Angelica Chazaro, Northwest Detention Center Resistance   "Obama's latest political game demonstrates clearly that the Democratic Party is choosing to fight for another potentially fruitless term in office at the expense of our lives and families. In Arizona, we have learned that our community's bravery far surpasses that of any elected official.  With the announcement of the President's cowardly delay on immigration relief, our support for the Democratic Party cannot be taken for granted.  Without affirmative relief for our families, we are calling for a boycott of the vote.  We cannot support a party that is destroying our families." Carlos Garcia, Puente Arizona   "We are sorely disappointed that once again our immigrant communities have become pawns in a political waiting game, and to what end? The democratic leadership seems just as willing to block immediate relief as Congress, while President Obama's deportation…
For immediate release // Excuse cross-posting    Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1086-ndlon-delay-reaction Contact: Hairo Cortes, 714.737.1069, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   NDLON: Initial Reaction to Delay of Immigration Action   In reaction to the President's delay of Administrative Relief until after the elections, Pablo Alvarado and Marisa Franco of NDLON issued the following statements:   Pablo Alvarado: There has been a failure of leadership in Washington DC for five years, as many within and around the White House have chosen to use immigrant lives as a political wedge issue. Their hypocrisy is laid bare today, but it will not undermine the resolve of the immigrants whose courage has brought the unjust immigration policy to the forefront of the national agenda.   The President is capitulating to the politics of fear again, but the delay will only serve to unify and embolden the immigrant rights community to escalate its demands. Marisa: Every time the President has broken a promise and pushed the timeline back, it has escalated expectations for the scope of relief, and this time is no different. We will continue to organize in defense our communities, and we will take bold and aggressive action in defense of equality for immigrants. Yesterday the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda agreed to boycott meetings with President Obama until he meets with Undocumented people directly impacted by his policies: http://nationalhispanicleadership.org/headlines/hispanic_leaders_call_for_greater_inclusivity_in_presidents_immigration_deliberations/  ###
For immediate release // Excuse cross-posting   Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1085-blue-ribbon-commission-response-president-must-meet-with-undocumented-people   Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, 202.746.2099, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Blue Ribbon Commission: Now’s the Most Important Time for President Obama to Meet With Undocumented People   Nothing about us without us!   In reaction to the President's statement during the NATO summit, Maru Mora, member of the Blue Ribbon Commission, issued the following statement:   "It has become clear that now is the most important time for President Obama to meet with undocumented people, it is not enough for immigration lobbysts in Washington to be the sole group of stakeholders meeting with President Obama to discuss the timing and scope of pending administrative changes to immigration policy. This is why members of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a group composed of undocumented people in deportation proceedings and family of people in immigration detention, ask our allies in Washington to press President Obama to meet with us.   “History has shown that people directly impacted by unjust policies are the best advocates for ending them, and that the most basic foundation of citizenship is the right to self representation in issues that affect us directly. History will now judge President Obama’s legacy on the timing and scope of his policies, and on whether he listens to those directly affected to craft the necessary solutions to the deportation crisis.”   On July 28th the Blue Ribbon Commission issued a letter calling on President Obama to meet with undocumented people.   ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // excuse cross-posting   Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1084-ga-county-rejects-ice-detention   Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, 202-746-2099, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n GA County Rejects Unconstitutional ICE Detentions, ICE Resorts to Fear to Defend Failed Deportation Quota Program ICE statements contradict new evidence that Secure Communities deportation program has zero effect on crime rateWave of 160+ localities have ended ICE “immigrant holds” to restore trust between local law enforcement & minority communities September 5, 2014, Atlanta, GA–On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded obstinately to news that Fulton County, GA will no longer submit to unconstitutional ICE detainers. ICE spokesperson Vincent Picard referenced public safety and a laundry list of possible offenses immigrants have been charged with to defend the controversial Secure Communities deportation quota program (S-Comm).   The resolution by County Commissioners, passed unanimously on Wednesday evening and pending action by the County Sheriff, is the latest in a wave of over 160 localities rejecting the warrantless ICE detention requests, a key element of the S-Comm program that uses local police to extend a massive deportation dragnet.   In reaction to the news of Fulton County’s resolution and ICE’s remarks, legal and civil rights advocates made the following remarks:   Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR):   “Despite new evidence to the contrary, ICE continues to repeat the same line to defend the failed S-Comm program, stoking fears of dangerous criminals in our midst. Fear is the last resort of a failed federal program that has only served to sow fear and criminalize our communities.   “Just yesterday, the NY Times announced a new study finding that S-Comm has had zero effect on the crime rate. Thus far, ICE has ignored Latinos, minorities and immigrants, will it also ignore the hard facts? The S-Comm quota program does not make us safer; it is an unconstitutional dragnet that puts our community in danger, and it needs to end.”   “Fulton County residents should be proud of their leadership’s common-sense stand for public safety and due process, which unfortunately stands in stark contrast to ICE’s policies today.”   Salvador G. Sarmiento, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON):   “ICE’s comments are bizzare to say the least. If ICE feels that respecting the U.S. Constitution puts its agents at risk, this is yet another reason the failed S-Comm quota program needs to be terminated completely.   “ICE’s comments exemplify all that is wrong with the S-Comm dragnet. ICE has always privileged its…
  For immediate release // excuse cross-posting Share at: http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1083-ndlon-reaction-deportation-study Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON, 202.746.2099, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n New Study Counters Secure Communities Deportation Quota as “Crime-Control” Independent findings demonstrate program has zero effect on crime rate September 3, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA – A new study by law professors at the University of Chicago and New York University has found that the controversial Secure Communities deportation quota program has had “no observable effects on the overall crime rate.” The study, announced today in the NY Times and set to be published in the November issue of The Journal of Law and Economics, “calls into question the longstanding assumption that deporting noncitizens who commit crimes is an effective crime-control strategy.” In reaction to news of the study, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: "This study provides more evidence that this duplicitous program needs to end. The Secure Communities quota program, “S-Comm”, has been a catastrophic failure. Not only does it fail to succeed on its own terms, as this study makes abundantly clear, there is evidence that it undermines public safety. Previous studies, including a 2013 study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, have shown that entangling local police with federal immigration enforcement makes everyone less safe.  "S-Comm has undermined public safety, resulted in grave civil rights violations and undermined the cause of immigration reform. The cold truth is that, until SCOMM is ended entirely, the Obama Administration will continue to be an accomplice to civil rights violations by the likes of Joe Arpaio and others. "We continue to add our voice to the chorus of agreement with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, hundreds of civil rights organizations, law enforcement experts, and local elected officials who demand that S-Comm be ended, not rebooted." 
For Immediate Release Contact:           B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Day Laborers Hold National Convention in Los Angeles: “Nuestra Lucha, Nuestra Voz” At Pivotal Moment for Immigration Reform, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) celebrates accomplishments, takes stock of moment, and plans next steps   Los Angeles, CA - Sunday, August 24th to Thursday August 28th, 2014   Over 200 day laborers and migrant worker organizers from across the country will gather in Los Angeles next week for the biennial national assembly of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).    The gathering occurs at a potentially historic moment in the evolution of United States immigration policy.  As Congress recesses and the President contemplates a potentially massive shift in deportation policy, day laborers will plan their collective next steps. Routinely dehumanized as the face of undocumented workers, vilified by nativists, and exploited unscrupulous employers, day laborers are indisputably central to the national discussion about immigration and workforce policy, and NDLON has emerged as a leading voice in an emerging movement for migrant rights.     In courts, in state capitols, in Congress, and on the streets, NDLON has defended civil rights and pushed back against the criminalization of immigrants.  Whether in Arizona, or fighting the Arizonification of other states, NDLON has assumed a leadership role in the fight to end the infamous Secure Communities program.   The network’s #Not1More campaign alongside others created bottom-up pressure that contributed to the President’s recent announcement that he will unilaterally make immigration policy “more humane.”  Many expect a major policy announcement within weeks.   In the meantime, day laborers and their allies are organizing to ensure the broadest inclusion to end the division of “deserving” and “undeserving” within the immigrant community.   All along, its members rise to the occasion as first defenders in natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy in New York and continue the daily work of promoting safe work sites and dignified pay for day laborers who participate in organized street corners and worker centers that serve as community institutions and an example of immigration reform at the local level in cities and towns across the country. At the assembly, worker centers will launch a new campaign to train more than XXX in OSHA 10 standard health and safety procedures, reducing accidents and increasing job opportunities for members.   Through the work of the Network, what started as an effort to improve the lives…
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 voluntary submission to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to keep people in jail for extra time, known as ICE detainers, an important element of the failed Secure Communities deportation dragnet, S-Comm.    “It’s important that this bill passes today,” said bill champion Councilor Josh Zakim as he explained the urgency of the legislation, citing the widespread fear caused by the entanglement of local police with federal immigration enforcement. He added, “Our duty [is to] ensure that we are sending a clear message to the immigrant community, it is safe to report [to the police] if you are a victim of crime.”   “This is one of my proudest days on the Council,” said bill supporter Councilor Tito Jackson. “We’ve seen ponzy schemes directed at immigrant communities, women who have been sexually assaulted, men and women harmed, and many of these people haven’t been able to pick up a telephone to call the police, that doesn’t sound to me like a secure community.”   “So many residents get beaten, raped, and they don’t report because they are scared of the police,” said Councillor Salvatore LaMattina. “This [bill] is a big step for my community and a big step for Boston.”   Councilor Ayanna Pressley added that the “Secure Communities [program] is kind of an oxymoron, so many people living in fear and being racially profiled. As a city that celebrates the fact that we are 53 percent people of color, it’s great to celebrate that diversity, but it’s just as important to celebrate our undocumented community with a just bill like this.”   Mayor Marty Walsh, a longtime opponent of Secure Communities that was piloted in Boston starting in 2006, has said previously he will sign the bill. Today, immigrants are demanding that President Obama end the controversial S-Comm deportation quota program as part of the current DHS review underway.    A broad coalition of groups supported the Boston Trust campaign, including the Boston Immigration Group and the Boston Campaign to Restore Trust, which is calling for a state-level MA Trust Act.    "The fear, the damage, caused by Secure…
NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in Ferguson August 15th, 2014 - Phoenix, AZIn response to the events related to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO  and the violent police response to the outpouring of protest, Marisa Franco, lead of the #Not1More Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: "As a movement that is fighting criminalization to stop deportations and detention, Latinos and immigrants have a duty to stand alongside those who have been fighting it far longer.  On the streets of Ferguson, people have bravely sounded an alarm on the crisis of violence besieging the Black community.   As we defend our own families, we must answer the call not simply to be in solidarity but because the problems our communities face and the solutions we seek are linked together. Last night, across the country, thousands held their words in a moment of silence to remember the life of Mike Brown and in a pledge to never be silent again in the face of injustice.  We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we urge those within the immigrant rights movement to attend the rallies and protests in the coming days.  Black lives matter and any movement against dehumanization must affirm and defend that truth. Mike Brown is not the first but the latest in an epidemic of violence.  We say, not one more Black person murdered by police, not one more struggle fought alone, not one more life criminalized as we continue our struggle for not one more deportation." A partial list of upcoming events can be found at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown and by following #BlackLivesMatter, #NMOS14, and #MikeBrown on twitter. ####
Friday, 01 August 2014 12:10

Reaction to Events on the Hill

For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings // Please Forward  (Info for August 2 demonstration below)    Date: August 1, 2014 Contact:  B Loewe, (773) 791-4668)   (Washington DC)  In reaction to events on Capitol Hill today, Marisa Franco, #Not1More campaign lead organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "Congress's antipathy toward our community is not news.   The fact that some in Washington DC have chosen to use immigrants' lives as a political football is not news.   What is different now is that we are entering into a new phase where there's consensus the President can and should do more to advance the rights of immigrants living and working in the United States.  Tomorrow, we will help him with that task.   "Now is not the time for partisanship, nor is it time for the same old blame games that benefit only Washington Beltway insiders.   For too long, existing legal tools at the President's disposal have been held hostage by a failed political and legislative gamble.   Well, that game is now over,  and expectations are soaring for the President to close the gap between his rhetoric and the reality of his immigration policy.   Tomorrow, immigrants will be in DC to demand their voices be heard and to ask for a seat at the table in order to help the President make good on his promise.    We are not asking the President to do anything big or bold. We are simply asking him to do to the right thing, as only he has the power to do."   ###   March Planned to White House As President Nears Decision Point on Administrative Action on Immigration#Not1More Campaign urges expansion of DACA, end to S-Comm, and halt to deportations What: March for #Not1More DeportationWhere & When:  Saturday, August 2nd10:00am Gather at 12th St. and Jefferson on the National Mall                (near Smithsonian metro on blue and orange line)11:00am step off12:00 - 1:30pm  Rally at Freedom Plaza2:00 Rally at Lafayette parkExact times subject to change Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the #Not1More Campaign, Partial list of speakers and organizations includes: Tefere Gebre - AFL-CIO, Olmeca, Salem Acuña - Southerners On New Ground, Rosi Carrasco - Undocumented Illinois, Reina Sorto - Jobs with Justice, Pilar Molina – Juntos Philadelphia, Valeria de la Luz - Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Carla Larrazabal - San Diego Dream Team/CIYJA, Rev. Susan Fredrick Gray, Unitarian Universalist of Arizona, ICIRR, Unidad Latina…
For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n New Report Details Prejudice and Pretext in Georgia's Hyper Immigration EnforcementFederal ICE Access Programs and GA HB87 Driving Unprecedented Targeting and Deportation in the State Atlanta, GA - July 31, 2014Today advocacy organizations publish a new report based on data made available through FOIA litigation with the state and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement that both outline the metastasizing growth of local police's involvement in immigration enforcement and the resulting patterns of prejudice and collateral deportation in local practice with little to no evidence of any relation to actual public safety efforts. The data reveals that the federal agency's practice of requesting the extended incarceration of an individual because of the suspicion of the immigration status known as ICE detainers rose 17,169% from 2007 to 2013 with 96% of those targeted being of "dark or medium complexion." In addition to the racial implications of the newly released statistics, the study identifies that at least 54% of those taken into ICE custody were long-time Georgia residents who had called this country home since at least 2003 resulting in the separation of families where 48,135 US citizen children in Georgia had a parent taken by ICE and 17,497 Georgia residents had a spouse taken by ICE in the four years between 2007 and June of 2013. Finally the exaggerated emphasis on immigration status in local law enforcement resoundingly counters the public safety pretext of police-ICE collaboration noting that Immigration officials do not even record a "Detainer Criminal Offense Level" in nearly half of records available and in those where it is recording, 40% are identified as "level three," having been convicted of traffic or other minor offenses. Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia explains, "The numbers revealed today are both damning of what has happened to law enforcement in Georgia and heartbreaking for what it has done to Georgia communities.  One can feel the chilling effect this has had with confidence in police and the risk to all of our safety when so many Georgia residents have been harmed and live in fear of the deportation apparatus that the police have lent themselves to. Contained in the report is the human cost, erosion of rights, and the rise of a culture of suspicion in our state that must be addressed." "No one should be afraid to call 9-1-1," explains Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. "But…

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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 confronted Bristol Sheriff Hodgson as he finished delivering remarks to the press following a closed-door meeting with MA representatives about the child refugee crisis. The Sheriff, an advocate for the failed Secure Communities deportation quota program, has now set his sights on clashing with the governor over treatment of child refugees in detention at the border.

After a tense exchange with Hodgson, the Sheriff accepted calls from immigrants to meet and committed to meeting as soon as possible. “The Sheriffs own statements about immigrants are the strongest argument for the need for the TRUST Act that prevents discrimination and restores the confidence in law enforcement that federal deportation programs have shredded to pieces in Massachusetts,” said Salvador Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organzing Network.

In the meeting, the groups seek to discuss a letter sent to every County Sheriff last week warning them to end submission to immigration detainer requests or potentially be held liable in the wake of federal court decisions finding that the submission to ICE holds is in violation of the 4th Amendment. See the letter here.

Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente, “ICE has made it routine to detain individuals based on suspicion, instead of probable cause like the U.S. Constitution demands. When law enforcement gets tangled up in that kind of abuse, public trust in law enforcement suffers and our neighborhood safety disappears. That’s why sheriffs across the country are making the right decision by rejecting ICE holds. We hope our elected officials in Massachusetts correct their policies as soon as possible to stop the damage S-Comm has caused."

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