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Sheriff Baca Leaves Behind Terrible Record on Immigration,
Replacement Will Need to Reverse Course

January 07, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
"Sheriff Baca leaves behind a terrible record on immigration." explains Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Under Sheriff Baca's tenure, Los Angeles became a pilot location for the federal Secure Communities deportation quota program, which is responsible for deporting 31,000 LA residents to date (more people than have been deported under the same program by the notorious Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County Arizona).

The Sheriff further tarnished his relationship with immigrant communities and encouraged comparisons with the Arizona Sheriff after he stated that undocumented residents in LA do not have civil rights in a 2011 KCRW interview.

In response to the reports that LA County Sheriff Baca will resign, Alvarado commented on the implications for his successor, "Going forward the rights of immigrants will undoubtedly be a campaign issue. We fully expect any candidate to replace the Sheriff to make their position clear during the campaign."


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“Secure Communities” Immigration Holds Lead to Illegally Prolonged Detentions of Tens of Thousands


(Los Angeles) - Six people have brought a landmark class-action lawsuit against Sheriff Baca and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on grounds they are or were illegally detained in the jails and stations of Los Angeles County Jail for days, weeks, or months after they were entitled to be released because they are the subject of “immigration holds.”  Immigration holds, sometimes called “immigration detainers,” are notices issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting that an individual in local custody be held pending further action.  Unlike warrants, they are issued without any judicial determination of probable cause, and they are frequently issued in error. 

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NDLON Calls On Sheriff to Follow Chicago Example, Stop Responding to ICE's Request for Extra Incarceration of Peaceful Immigrants

04.10.2012 Los Angeles, CA
In response to the Independent report released yesterday that exposes that more people in LA County jail are transferred to Immigration than to state prison, Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement calling on the Sheriff to immediately suspend voluntarily holding peaceful immigrants in extended incarceration at ICE's request:

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Ammiano unveils details of “TRUST Act 2.0”

 as hundreds take to streets in LA


 First-in-the-nation proposal seeks to rebuild community trust in local police,

Damaged by disgraced "S-Comm" deportation program


February 23, 2012 – As hundreds of day laborers and advocates from across the country marched in Los Angeles Wednesday evening to protest the devastating impact of the so-called “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) publicly unveiled the details of a bill to reform California’s participation in the troubled program.


The announcement came in the wake of troubling revelations earlier this month that S-Comm made parents of Miramonte students in Los Angeles too fearful of deportation to contact law enforcement authorities to report their own children’s abuse,


The new incarnation of the TRUST Act, which captured national attention last year, seeks to restore community trust in law enforcement and ease S-Comm’s unfair burden on local governments, who are pressured to hold for extra time even survivors of domestic violence for deportation.

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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."   
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