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For Immediate Release August 21st 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, (323) 250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Convenes 8th National Day Laborer Assembly: Courage is greater than fear: De la Indignación a la Acción Santa Clara, CA – From August 22nd - 25th the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and member organizations from around the country will convene its 8th national day laborer assembly at Santa Clara University. Organizers expect more than 400 day laborers and community leaders to attend the National Assembly. For nearly 15 years NDLON has convened and hosted a national assembly to discuss the vision and strategy of the national immigrant & workers rights movement in conjunction with developing political analysis and building strategic skills. While this convening comes at a time of arduous challenges, we also see it as one of unprecedented opportunities. As you know, the rights of immigrant workers are increasingly under attack across the country. However, day laborers–the most visible and marginalized immigrant group–are leading this struggle with innovative organizing and education efforts to expand worker and civil rights for all. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “Recognizing evil is not difficult these days. It manifests itself in the employer that steals wages, in the police officer that harasses people because of the color of their skin, in the politician that enacts laws that make poor people suffer, and the union leader that excludes the most humble workers because of fear of confronting the powerful. However, evil is not driven by itself. It is set in motion by socio-political structures, the legacy of white supremacy and the permanent exclusion of people impoverished by those very same structures." “In this beautiful Asamblea we will think about our past to better understand our present in order to forge a better future. We will make collective decisions so that indignation transforms into a campaign of strategy, of method. So that we can preserve the love, the solidarity and the unity between people. So we can join forces, face our fears together and not tremble before our most powerful enemy.” The following events are open to the press & media: Public Demonstration: When: Thursday August 24th 2017 Details: Contact Armando Carmona, (323) 250 - 3018 *** To RSVP & for all other press inquires or media requests contact Armando Carmona, (323) 250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting August 15th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n California Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Clears Path to Pass Sanctuary State Bill Los Angeles, CA – Yesterday, the State of California filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s latest attempt to cut funding to states and localities that limit participation in cruel and costly deportations. The lawsuit challenges the recent announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that jurisdictions receiving federal law enforcement “JAG” grants must assist ICE by helping to funnel individuals into deportation proceedings.  Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON’s Litigation Director, said: “The litigation correctly points out that the Trump Administration is engaged in unconstitutional efforts to coerce our state into taking part in cruel, misguided, and harmful deportation programs. It is very clear that the threat to withhold funding from California is part of a a concerted effort to bully California lawmakers into watering down SB-54, which would defend the state from President Trump’s racist deportation agenda. As the lawsuit makes clear, the “Values Act” is fully within California’s legal authority, and the only remaining question is whether lawmakers in Sacramento will have the courage to stand up to Trump and get the strongest possible bill to Governor Brown’s desk.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-PostingAugust 10, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Jennifer Cuevas, 213-375-8714, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING NEWS: Deportation Order for Romulo Avelica is Vacated by Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Los Angeles – On Thursday afternoon, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) vacated the deportation order for Romulo Avelica, the LA father of four US citizen daughters who was arrested February 28 while dropping his daughters off in school. This is an important victory for the case of Mr. Avelica, as the Board rejected an earlier ruling which had originally upheld a March 27, 2014 removal order. Now, the case has been returned to an immigration judge to consider whether or not Mr. Avelica is eligible for the relief he previously sought, which can be available for individuals who have lived for an extended period of time in the United States and have U.S. citizen family members who would suffer severe hardship in the case of a deportation.  Officially, the BIA acknowledged that the offense for which Mr. Avelica had been convicted at the time of his initial arrest by ICE (CPC Sec. 496(a), or receipt of stolen property) was not a crime which would categorically exclude him from immigration relief as a so-called “crime involving moral turpitude.” Nevertheless, this conviction was vacated earlier this year and has no immigration consequences. Mr. Avelica has been in custody at Adelanto Detention Center for more than five months. Now, Romulo Avelica’s family, friends and advocates call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release Mr. Avelica immediately. ###
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 10th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Lawsuit Filed Against LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell:Seeks Disclosure of Collusion with Trump Administration Los Angeles – On Thursday evening, the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West (USWW) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell to compel disclosure of information about the Sheriff’s interactions with the Trump administration about SB-54 (“Values Act,” Sen. de León). During an evening panel discussion hosted by Zocalo Public Square, entitled “What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant LA?,” the Sheriff was physically “served” with the lawsuit by janitors and day laborers. During the exchange, the group of immigrant workers issued the service to Sheriff after, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado made brief remarks. Video of the exchange can be found here. Prior to that, activists from the ICE out of Los Angeles coalition staged a peaceful and silent protest of the panel by holding up a banner that stated “McDonnell: Stop Doing Trumps Dirty Work & No More Deportations!!” Alejandra Valles, Secretary Treasurer, SEIU USWW said, "The sheriff is trying to bully lawmakers in Sacramento into watering down a necessary and important legislation to block President Trump's unjust deportation agenda.  Our lawsuit asks a simple question:  Why?”’ Earlier in the day, the ICE out of CA coalition sent a letter (signed by over 20 community organizations) calling for Sheriff McDonnell to be removed from the panel, and they also issued this statement:  “Trump means fear for immigrant Los Angeles.  It is unfortunate that Sheriff McDonnell, who has been complicit in spreading that fear, will be given a platform to speak while no immigrants will be featured in the discussion. The Sheriff has proven to be one of the strongest lobbyists against SB-54, and his obvious attempt to bully Sen. Kevin de León and Governor Brown will not go uncontested.”  NDLON and SEIU are represented by attorneys Matthew Struger and Colleen Flynn.     ***PDF Copy of the Lawsuit can be found here***Video of the notice of a lawsuit can be found here###        
  For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 9th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Suggests Questions for Sheriff McDonnell During Zocalo Public Square discussion on Trump’s impact on “Immigrant LA" Los Angeles – On Wednesday evening, Zocalo Public Square will host a panel discussion titled “What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant LA?” The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Medina, NY Times National Correspondent, and will include Los Angeles Times immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, World Trade Center Los Angeles president Stephen Cheung, and director of USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Roberto Suro.  The panel features no immigrants, although event planners have stated that questions from the audience will be granted.    In advance of the event, NDLON suggests the following questions for Sheriff McDonnell at Zocalo Public Square Event: 1. Do you believe non-citizens have an equal right to rehabilitate themselves after being convicted for a crime?  If so, why should immigrants be subject to double-punishment? 2. Do you believe it is proper for local criminal law enforcement agencies to do any work in the area of federal civil law enforcement? Yes or no. 3. Do you agree with Trump’s ICE director that undocumented immigrants “should be looking over their shoulders”  with respect to law enforcement?   If not, what steps have you taken to respond to the fear of that statement? 4. Have you spoken with anyone from the Trump administration about SB54?  Anyone from ICE, from AG, from DHS, from WH? 5. You recently published an OpEd about support for the TRUST ACT. You never supported it while you were a chief of police in Long Beach.  When did you change your mind, and why? 6. You have said that ICE will retaliate against California by conducting street raids if SB54 is signed-into law.  Do you believe it is okay for ICE to issue such threats?  Have you asked whether ICE will refrain from doing raids if SB54 isn’t signed (as LAPD Chief Beck did)?7. In 2012, Sheriff Lee Baca threatened to not comply with the TRUST ACT if it was signed-into law.  Was this appropriate? ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 7, 2017Contacts: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Jennifer Cuevas, 213-375-8714, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING: ROMULO AVELICA GRANTED EMERGENCY STAY OF REMOVAL FROM BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS Community Has Called for an End to ICE’s Efforts to Deport LA Father of Four US Citizen Children Arrested While Dropping Daughters Off at School LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 7, 2017):  More than five months after ICE arrested Romulo Avelica while he was dropping his daughters off at school on February 28, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) today granted an emergency stay of removal, preventing his deportation while the BIA reviews his case. The Ninth Circuit had stayed his deportation from the date of his arrest, but that stay was due to expire today.   “This is my country; I have roots and family here. And today I am grateful beyond words that the court has prevented ICE from deporting me,” said Romulo Avelica, speaking from Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernardino County. “Every day I wake up knowing that I must be at least half as strong as my children have been in their fight for my freedom. I have gained strength from all who have stood alongside me these past months--the most difficult period of my life. I will never give up fighting for my rights, and for the rights of other immigrants.” “The BIA granted an emergency stay of removal for Romulo, preventing ICE from deporting him,” said Alan Diamante, an immigration attorney for Romulo Avelica. “We are now asking the BIA to reconsider its prior decision and recognize that Mr. Avelica should have a right to stay in the United States. ICE should release Romulo immediately.” “These last months have been very hard for my dad and for us. My life changed the day that ICE arrested my dad while he was taking me to school,” said Fatima Avelica, Mr. Avelica’s 13-year-old daughter who video-taped Mr. Avelica’s February 28 arrest. “Now that the court has recognized that he should not be deported, I hope that ICE will release him from detention. He should not be imprisoned just for trying to live a better life and stay with his family.” Mr. Avelica’s arrest has served as an embodiment of the painful reality of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Mr. Avelica, a father of four U.S. citizen children, and a cook at the time of his arrest, has…
Media Advisory for August 1st 2017   Contact: Armando Carmona, NDLON, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Jennifer Cuevas, 213-375-8714, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Delegation for Romulo Avelica to Demand His Release from ICE & Request Review of Case by Board of Immigration Appeals ICE AGAIN THREATENS DEPORTATION - PRESS CONFERENCE SLATED AUGUST 1st 3:00 P.M. AT PERSHING SQUARE WHAT: A delegation to support the release of Avelica-Gonzalez, including his family and immigration attorneys, will provide an update about the case with a call to action. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) again threatens deportation for Romulo, one week before ICE is slated to review Mr. Avelica’s stay request. Attorneys for Romulo Avelica will be available for a limited time to answer questions at the conclusion of the conference. WHEN: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 WHO: Family members and attorneys of Romulo Avelica and representatives of Los Angeles schools, churches, and labor communities. VISUALS: Banners and signs held by family and supporters - attorneys, clergy, educators, students, families. (More) LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 31, 2017):  More than five months after ICE arrested Romulo Avelica while he was dropping his daughters off at school, ICE has said that it will review his stay request on Monday, August 7th, and is again threatening to deport him imminently. Mr. Avelica’s lawyers, alongside a delegation of clergy, educators, students, families and elected officials, will provide an update on his case and demand that ICE stay his deportation, release him from detention, and request that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) also review his case.   Mr. Avelica’s February 28th arrest was video-taped by his then 12 year-old daughter, Fatima Avelica and has served as an embodiment of the painful reality of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Romulo, a father of four U.S. citizen children, who was a cook at the time of his arrest, has lived in L.A. for nearly thirty years. Dozens of elected officials, from Capitol Hill to L.A. City Hall, and other distinct community leaders have rallied around him and his family, calling for Mr. Avelica’s release and a stay of his deportation. “Mr. Avelica should be eligible for a review of his immigration case by the BIA and a U visa for victims of certain crimes,” says Alan Diamante, Immigration Attorney for Mr. Avelica.   ICE has announced it will review Mr. Avelica’s request for a…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingJuly 27th 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, NDLON, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Statement on ICE Press Briefing at White House Acting ICE Director Homan:  “Our Gang is Bigger than Theirs” Los Angeles, CA –  On Thursday, Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas D. Homan hosted a press briefing at the White House. Throughout the briefing Mr. Homan made statements critical of sanctuary cities and regarding the mass arrests of undocumented immigrants with or without criminal convictions. In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “The press conference today quite literally proves the need for sanctuary cities.   Acting Director Homan’s remarks show the danger of a rogue federal agency that is now unsupervised by a rogue and dysfunctional White House.    Like the President, the ICE czar is trying to rule by fear.  He wants citizens to be scared of immigrants.  He wants immigrants to be frightened by law enforcement, and now he wants mayors and governors to be fearful of federal government recriminations.     But despite his efforts to terrify people, a consensus is emerging that ICE itself constitutes a threat to public safety.    It is now time for lawmakers to draw upon the courage that immigrants are showing in the face of unprecedented racism and scapegoating.   The good news is that Mr. Homan’s efforts today –  to bully local governments into becoming part of his deportation force –  will likely strengthen the resolve of everyone working to pass sanctuary legislation and to kick ICE out of their communities.” ### Armando O. Carmona | Communications ManagerNational Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)(951) 966-6500
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingJuly 25th, 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 AG Sessions' attacks against sanctuary cities Los Angeles, CA - On Tuesday afternoon, the Trump administration issued a new policy for local governments stating that they are required to “give federal officials advance notice when illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails” or risk losing federal grants. The new policy specifically applies to cities that receive funds from the “Byrne Justice Assistance grant program. In response, Chris Newman, NDLON Legal Director issued the following statement: “While it remains a mystery as to why the US Attorney General is so frightened by the very idea of sanctuary cities (particularly with so much else going on), his most recent effort to assert federal control over local police and to bully local governments into scapegoating immigrants will likely be met by even stronger resolve from local governments that want to both protect public safety and comply with the US Constitution.  With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that ICE itself constitutes a threat to public safety.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingJuly 10th 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 323-250-3018 Is Gardena Police Chief Siding with Trump’s Deportation Agenda? Immigrant Groups File Public Records Act Request "SB 54 gains ground, but Gardena Chief, head of State Association, stands in the way" Los Angeles, CA – On Monday, immigration advocates announced the filing of a Public Records Act (PRA) request to demand transparency from Gardena Police Chief Edward Medrano, who is also the head of the CA Police Chief’s Association, around “entanglement” and collusion with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The PRA, has requested information pertaining to communications the Gardena Police Department has had with immigration enforcement agencies. This comes as a growing number of law enforcement officials, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, have endorsed the CA Values Act, which would make sure state and local resources aren’t used to help the Trump administration deport millions of people. The CA Chiefs Association, headed by Medrano, however, has consistently opposed the bill - which has immigrant rights advocates demanding answers. The PRA requests specific information pertaining to communications the Gardena Police Department has had with immigration agencies such as: -   Any communications and entanglement between the GPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with respect to SB 54. -   Any and all efforts between agencies to identify, investigate, interrogate, detain, arrest, and deport immigrants. -   The GPDs interaction with associations, advocacy organizations, non profits, and individuals seeking to oppose SB54 and/or restrict immigration. “As Chief Beck’s endorsement of SB 54 shows, there’s a growing consensus that local police departments should not act as deportation agents, as that tears families apart and further undermines trust and confidence” said Claudia Bautista, Regional Organizer with NDLON. “Why, then, is Chief Medrano opposing this vital bill? We are filing this records request because we want the truth to come to light. Our public institutions must work towards the betterment of our community,” she concluded. The Public Records Act request can be found at http://bit.ly/GPDPRARequest ###
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingJuly 5th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING: #SB54 #CAValuesAct (Sen de León) Clears Assembly Judiciary Committee SB-54 continues on path toward Governor Brown’s Desk Sacramento, CA - On Wednesday, the California Values Act (SB-54, de León), widely considered as the 'sanctuary state’ bill, passed the Assembly Judiciary Comittee with support from Democratic lawmakers. The bill would limit California involvement in enforcement of federal immigration law. Claudia Bautista, Regional Organizer, from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Today’s hearing demonstrates a clear need for lawmakers to continue to lead with concrete action.  The vitriolic opposition to SB54 from elected sheriffs quite literally proves the need for the bill.   Not only are California Sheriff’s attempting to weaponize fear in order to foster opposition to SB54, they are willingly using stereotypes and anti-immigrant rhetoric to justify their efforts. "After todays successful vote, lawmakers and community leaders should feel emboldened and continue to stand with immigrants. Now is the time to inspire courage and hope from below and ensure that the anti-immigrant lobby does not drive our movement. ###
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 www.BastaTexas.org “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…
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