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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. ####
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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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Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n

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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For immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4688,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Presidents Must Come Face-to-Face with Deportees If They're to Be Leaders on Migration Statement by NDLON and United We Dream from El Salvador Where They are on a “Confronting the Truth” Delegation   San Salvador, El Salvador - Thursday, July 24th, 2014Since Saturday the 18th, NDLON has been in El Salvador hosting a “Confronting the Truth” delegation with United We Dream and other front-line immigrant rights organizers, faith leaders, and academics to investigate the dynamics of migration by meeting with government officials, civil society, academics, and convening public forums with groups of the 58,000 Salvadorans who the US has deported since 2011. Preceding the meeting of the Presidents from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the United States on Friday, NDLON and United We Dream issued the following statement:   “It’s not too late for the Presidents meeting on Friday to do the right thing on migration but it will require them to confront the truth that so far has been obscured by partisan spin and heartless politics.    The truth can easily be found by hearing directly from the people who have braved the journey to the US and have survived the icy rooms and chained transports of the US detention system. Meeting them would give President Obama the good sense to ignore the nativists in Congress and the Central American Presidents the ground to reject the historic imbalance of power and resources by acting in the best interests of the migrants and promoting what should be common sense policies for all countries.   We came to El Salvador to discover what’s really happening regardless of how politically inconvenient it may be.  Within a short time we have already confirmed and dispelled several strands of the debate. It is not just about children but about the humanity of migrants of every age and the circumstance of their lives regardless of if they were raised within the US or just arrived with the same visions of the parents who brought their children decades ago.     The fear of violence is real but so is the courage of those who either decide to pursue opportunity against all odds or travel for a better life against all threats.   While we expected to learn more deeply about the push and pull that forces displacement, we were surprised but what’s truly at its center; the love of…

Southern Poverty Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network Sue After Alabama Police Chief Refuses to Release Public Documents that May Reveal Racial Profiling of Latino Day Laborers

FAIRFIELD, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) filed suit today against an Alabama police chief after he refused to release public documents that could reveal the targeting and racial profiling of Latino day laborers in his city.

The lawsuit against Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. was filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court after he refused to release public documents that could confirm that Latino day laborers and construction workers have been wrongfully targeted under a municipal ordinance that requires certain individuals to obtain permits to work within the city.

“By law, the public has a right to view these records,” said Michelle Lapointe, SPLC staff attorney. “We are merely asking that the police chief abide by state law and provide transparency about how his department enforces the ordinance. We want to ensure that this ordinance is being enforced without racial profiling or unconstitutionally targeting low-wage workers.”

The groups sent the first of several official requests for documents under the Alabama open records law in April, but Davis refused to comply. Today’s lawsuit asks the court to force the police chief to hand over documents related to policies and procedures for enforcing Fairfield Ordinance No. 897, including arrest reports, complaint forms and other public records.

In 2012, federal courts struck down as unconstitutional a provision of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law that sought to criminalize the solicitation of work by day laborers. The U.S. Constitution guarantees day laborers the right to look for work. Laws that are enforced to restrict their rights are likely invalid, especially if enforcement targets a particular racial or ethnic group.

“Working is not a crime – not under federal law, not under Alabama law and certainly not according to the principles of dignity and common sense,” said Jessica Vosburgh, NDLON staff attorney and coordinator of NDLON’s Alabama Worker Center, whose members first raised concerns about the ordinance. “We are seeking these records to shed light on whether Fairfield is respecting the rights of the hardworking Alabama residents who contribute to its economy.”

A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here: http://sp.lc/1q03uCm.

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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   ICE Out of LA Coalition Takes Major Step Forward with New City Policy Rejecting ICE Holds, Sets Stage for County to Follow Suit New policy part of national trend ending Arizona-style enforcement, instead creating bright line between local law enforcement and federal deportation efforts   Los Angeles, July 7, 2014 - In response to the new Los Angeles Police Department Policy announced today at City Hall, representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statements:   "Chief Beck's clear directive to reject ICE's overreaching detainer requests moves Los Angeles another step away from the Arizona policies that threaten LA families and public safety. The coalition will be watching very closely to make sure ICE does not try to circumvent the policy announced today in any way." stated NDLON organizer Claudia Bautista    NDLON Staff Attorney Jessica Karp, who is currently litigating a detainer suit against Los Angeles County, added, "ICE's quota programs have no place in California and Chief Beck and the Mayor should be applauded for differentiating Los Angeles and crafting city policies that honor the city's immigrant roots instead of ICE’s unjust efforts.    The people of Los Angeles can feel safer as local officials are taking steps to repair the damage done to community-police relations by the federal Secure Communities program."   Tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th, the ICE Out of LA Coalition will hold a press conference at 9:00am at the Board of Supervisors to press the County to follow the City’s example and expand its efforts to ensure public safety and protect its residents by ending ongoing collaboration with ICE in its jails.   ###
For immediate releaseContact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Reaction: Free From Legislative Strategy, President Obama Can Do the Right Thing on ImmigrationHe Must Maximize Existing Authority to End Injustice of the Status Quo   Washington, DC - June 30, 2014.In reaction to the President's comments this afternoon, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: This is a pivotal moment in the movement for migrant rights. What comes next will be defining moment for the President and for the country. In de-linking his immigration policy from his legislative reform strategy, the President is now free to do the right thing, and he can fulfill the promise of being a transformative president. The President's enforcement-first strategy and his misguided deportation policy were premised on the possibility of legislative reform, but it is now very clear Congress itself is broken. We fully expect the President to maximize use of existing authority to ameliorate the injustice of the status quo, and we pledge to work with the administration to fend off the attacks from nativists that will surely come, if and when, he does the right thing. Until then, we will continue our efforts to escalate opposition to unnecessary and unjust deportations. NDLON and the #Not1More Campaign are planning a day of action in Washington to ensure the President uses his authority to expand deferred action, halt deportations, and reverse criminalization on August 2nd. In February of 2014, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed an official rulemaking petition with the Department of Homeland Security outlining the President's executive authority to act on immigration and requesting the department cease its deportations and expand deferred action to the fullest extent possible under the law. The rulemaking petition can be read here. ###
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   NDLON Calls for Boycott of Upcoming House Hearings, Demands Immediate Executive Action In Response to Rep. Gutierrez Speech, NDLON Presses for Action This morning, Congressman Luis Gutierrez  said that "nothing is moving" in the House and called upon the President to stop deportations.  In response to this significant floor speech, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: "The President's immigration policy must evolve substantially and without delay in the face of repugnant Congressional inaction.   After over a decade of empty rhetoric from Congress members of all sides about how immigration laws are 'broken,'  Congressman Gutierrez's speech today reflects a new consensus:   It is Congress that is broken,  and the President must now maximize use of his existing legal authority to protect immigrants and the national interest.    People across the political spectrum are sick and tired of partisan games in Washington DC, where everything seems to have become one big 'state of play.'  If high paid  lobbyists want to make money spinning false hope about prospects in this do-nothing Congress, they are certainly free to do that.   But  we will no longer pay attention to a Congress that is more interested in demagoguery than the suffering of children.  At this point, energy will be properly directed at the President to do the right thing. Whereas House Republican bad faith has been well-established for years, we are now arriving at a moment of truth that will measure President Obama's legacy.  Will the President fulfill expectations and take action to stop very clear injustice, or will he be content to use the crisis as fodder for an issue in the next electoral campaign?"   ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   California Day Laborers Applaud Introduction of SR51 to Celebrate Diversity and Recognize Harm of Anti-Immigrant Initiatives   In response to the introduction of SR51 to commemorate June 23rd, the day that Prop 187 qualified for the ballot, as a day to celebrate the state’s diversity, representatives of California’s day laborer community issued the following:   "Throughout the history of our country there are proud advances as well as mistakes and moments of injustice that we’ve had to overcome in order to improve the lives of everyone and build a more just society. Prop 187 will be remembered as one of those errors in our past that failed to recognize and threatened the strength and the beauty of our diversity." Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.   "It is a sign that the intolerance and cruel politics of Prop 187 voted for in 1994 are now seen by everyone as an embarrassment and stain on this state's record.  SR51 will be a step forward by celebrating our diversity and recognizing the harm done by anti-immigrant bills that have no place in California." - Suzanne Foster, Executive Director of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center   "The people of California are leading the nation in recognizing the contributions immigrant families make to the state's economy, culture and spirit," said Martha Arevalo, CARECEN’s executive director.  "We hope this effort sends a message to the rest of the country that this nation was built by immigrants, should value diversity and stands strong against measures of exclusion."   “In California, we are moving toward a greater unity that recognizes the humanity and equality of all the residents who make it great regardless of their country of origin or their current immigration status. To work with dignity, live without fear, and receive respect are unalienable rights. NDLON is committed to working with immigrant communities, legislators, and our allies to continue to turn the page and usher in a new era of inclusion and equality in California." – Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.   ###  
For immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 773-791-4668   Coalition Files New Suit to Halt Arpaio’s Workplace RaidsCalls State Laws on Which Raids Are Based Unconstitutional   What: Press conference to announce suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery  When: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Where: Outside MCSO Headquarters, 550 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ (Livestream will be available to watch here) Plaintiffs and their attorneys will be available for interviews at the press conference PHOENIX – Several Maricopa County residents, joined by immigrant rights and civil rights groups, will today announce the filing of a new class-action lawsuit, Puente Arizona v. Arpaio, which challenges the County’s enforcement of two state laws that turn immigrants into felons simply for working to provide for their families. The suit comes almost five years to the day from when young Katherine Figueroa brought national attention to Arpaio’s raids through a YouTube plea to President Obama after she witnessed both her parents being arrested at a raid on live television. That day marked the beginning of a long and courageous fight by Katherine to reunite her family. Arizona legislators amended the state’s identity theft laws in 2007 and 2008 at the urging of then-Representative Russell Pearce (whose anti-immigrant agenda prompted his recall in 2011). Since then, MCSO has conducted over 80 raids and arrested over 790 workers. “Our boss always told us that he would call the Sheriff if any of us complained about the extra hours that he forced us to work without pay. Fear of a raid kept us silent but then it happened anyways,” said Sara Cervantes Arreola, a plaintiff in the case and Glendale mother who was arrested during a raid on Lam’s Supermarket last year. “I’m part of the suit because working to provide for my family is not a crime and I want my record cleared.”  “Arpaio tries to say he stands for law and order but he violates the law more often than he enforces it,” said Carlos Garcia of Puente, an organizational plaintiff in the case. “After so many years of suffering, the community Arpaio has built his career on attacking is now the one taking the Sheriff to court.” “Arizona overstepped its authority when it recast its identity theft laws to target undocumented workers,” said Leah Gasser-Ordaz, a student with…
  Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, bloewe {at} ndlon.org   Delay of Deportation Review Sparks New Inquiry into Obama Administration Deportation Policy: FOIA demands transparency to restore widening trust gap:Is Deportation Quota Behind Agency's Shift Toward More Drastic Approach?   Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law held a national press briefing announcing an inquiry into the administration’s deportation policy which has come under fire in recent months.  "We have been left to speculate about the Obama Administration's motivations for delaying review of its deportation policy that, by its own admission, is inhumane. Today we will help the President advance the review and live up to his promise of having a transparent administration by calling for disclosure of documents owed to the public related to the existence of an apparent deportation quota," said Chris Newman, Legal Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Specifically, presenters explained why the Freedom of Information Act requires the Obama Administration to make available to the public all files related to the existence and role of a deportation quota at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and “any and all records used to prepare DHS/ICE or White House staff for press briefings on the Administration’s deportation policy” among other documents requested. Legal experts, advocates, and those impacted by current policy will discuss the White House delay of its own review of admittedly inhumane deportation practices, the sea change of more than 110 local jurisdictions who are moving to fill the vacuum by limiting ICE’s overreaching, burdensome, and unconstitutional hold requests, as well as the increase they’ve witnessed in aggressive and retaliatory tactics by the administration’s enforcement agency. The groups’ whose previous FOIA’s exposed the overreaching nature of the Secure Communities program and prompted an Inspector General investigation, say that the Administration has a crisis of confidence with immigrant communities who, unlike the nativist GOP’s straw man talking points of distrust used to obstruct reform, have concerns based in a reality of harsh enforcement. Angela Chan, Policy Director for Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus added, "Across the country we've been putting the brakes on the President's out-of-control deportation programs and having great effect in protecting immigrant families. But ICE is adapting its tactics to pursue its self-imposed quota. Rather than playing cat and mouse, the administration should end programs like Secure Communities…
How Many More Will Be Deported Between Now and August?   and Other Questions for Sec. Jeh Johnson During His Testimony at the House Judiciary   Since Jeh Johnson was tapped to replace former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as DHS Secretary, questions have been raised about how the former Pentagon official would approach immigration, an area in which he had little previous experience.  The White House raised expectations for Johnson with the announcement of a deportation policy review in response to the continuous pressure on the President to reverse his record and expand affirmative relief and in admission that current practice is admittedly “inhumane.”
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