IMMIGRANT RIGHTS LEADERS FROM ACROSS NATION RALLY TO PROTEST SHERIFF BACA'S IMMIGRATION POLICY AND TO PROMOTE GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATION:
"RESTORE TRUST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. STOP THE ARIZONiFICATION OF CALIFORNIA: END S-COMM"
Who: Over 200 Immigrant rights leaders and day laborers from across the country, including key leaders from Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia
What: Rally and March in Downtown Los Angeles to protest Sheriff Baca's immigration enforcement policy and to support California TRUST ACT
When: 5 pm rally & beginning of march. 7 pm, rally at end of march.
Why: One day after their historic victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, day laborers and migrant rights leaders from throughout the country will march to demand that Sheriff Baca end his support of the dangerous "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program. Members of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network who have led successful effort to end the 287(g) program will bring attention to Sheriff Baca's continued support for SCOMM despite its obvious failures and mission drift. In coordination with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco), 200 people will rally at the County Board of Supervisors and March to the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Detention Center to protest SCOMM and to support the historic TRUST ACT, which would repair California's involvement in Secure Communities.
The Miramonte scandal is a deeply tragic example of the reasons S-Comm has faced unrelenting criticism from local officials and community leaders for undermining public safety and functioning without transparency or local oversight. A steady stream of disturbing revelations in recent months – including the mistaken detention of US Citizens in Los Angeles and elsewhere – has underscored the Department of Homeland Security’s continued failure to repair the deeply troubled program.
"Today, we will honor those who have fought vigorously for our civil rights in places like Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, and elsewhere by rallying in Los Angeles to stop the 'Arizonification' of our state," says Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network." He continued, "Sheriff Baca's support of SCOMM has been misguided, and today we will invite him to support legislation that will help legalize immigrants from the bottom-up."