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June 28, 2013, New York – The day after the Senate passed a disappointing immigration reform bill, the U.S. government agreed to pay over $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees in the historic Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit NDLON v. ICE. Rights groups brought the case in 2010 to force the government to turn over documents about the so-called Secure Communities (SCOMM) program. Since its rollout in 2008, SCOMM has spread nationwide, over the protests of local and state leaders, and contributed to the Obama administration’s widely criticized, record-setting deportation numbers.  Through SCOMM, the federal government targets all people booked into local jails, regardless of how minor the charges, even if charges are dropped, which has resulted in widespread
      Los Angeles - In response to the Senate vote on immigration reform, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released the following statement:   "We are deeply disappointed with the unnecessary concessions made by Senate Democrats that have bent to the fears of xenophobes and weakened the reform that so many have struggled for. If undocumented day laborers can stand up to a Sheriff like Arpaio, the leaders in the beltway should be able to find at least a fraction of that same courage.
In response to the cloture vote on the Corker-Hoeven amendment, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement: "The equality of eventual citizens is not something to be bought and sold in exchange for Republican votes, and that's exactly what Senate Democrats have done with the Corker amendment.   At this early stage, lawmakers should be focused on getting the best bill possible from the perspective of those who got them elected, not by sweetening the deal for our nativist opponents.   We only need 60 votes in the Senate to move this process forward and to galvanize our community.  
  Just hours after U.S. citizen Gerardo Gonzalez filed suit on June 19, ICE lifted its erroneous immigration hold on him.  The Los Angeles born Mr. Gonzalez, represented by the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the law firm Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, demanded that ICE lift the erroneous hold, which was preventing his release from criminal custody, and that the ICE Los Angeles Field Office stop issuing immigration holds without probable cause to believe a person is deportable. 

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Date: June 21, 2013

NDLON Reaction to Corker/Hoeven Border Militarization Surge Amendment

(Los Angeles) Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:

"The last election was a mandate to provide equality for immigrants, not a mandate for further border militarization. It is time for Senators and the President to take a stand and to start defending immigrants and our cherished national values, rather than preemptively conceding to nativists.

"The immigration debate is not a partisan debate between Republicans and Democrats. The immigration debate is about courage versus fear. Like all other generations who fought for citizenship before them, today's immigrants have shown tremendous bravery in the face of unprecedented hostility, scapegoating, and abuse. Those in the Beltway need to find in themselves a fraction of that courage so that xenophobes' fears no longer drive the legislative process. Lawmakers should find ways to contribute to, rather than squander, the momentum for reform built by the immigrant rights movement.

"A peaceful movement for justice will not allow its results to be the irreversible militarization of the US-Mexico border, and we are asking Senators to vote accordingly."

Chris Newman, NDLON legal director, added:

"It makes little sense for Democrats to capitulate to irrational Republican demands, particularly at this stage in the legislative process. Our focus should be on passing the best possible legislation in the Senate to maximize our ability to beat back the xenophobic and racist views that seem to have held the House of Representatives hostage."

The Corker Amendment should be opposed. Meanwhile, we will continue to call upon the President to improve the bill's chances of passing by immediately suspending deportations."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // EXCUSE CROSS POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Date: June 19, 2013Contact: ACLU/SC, Vicki Fox, \n Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. 213.977.5252NDLON, Chris Newman, \n Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. , 213.380.2785 Lawsuit Filed to End Immigration Agency’s Practice of Unconstitutionally Holding American Citizens and Immigrants in Custody Seeks to End ICE Policy of Detain First, Investigate Later Seeking to end the government’s practice of placing immigration holds on individuals without probable cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC), the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), and the law firm Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt filed a class-action lawsuit today against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit follows the detention of plaintiff Gerardo Gonzalez Jr., a 23-year-old American-born citizen, who is presently held at a Los Angeles County jail on an immigration hold. Even though the Fourth Amendment requires ICE to have probable cause to believe a person is deportable before arrest and detention, ICE has disregarded this protection for years under the Secure Communities program. Since the initiation of the program in 2008, more than one million people nationwide – including U.S. citizens and non-deportable lawful permanent residents – have been held behind bars due to ICE immigration holds, even though many of them could not actually be deported. Immigration holds – also known as detainers – occur when ICE requests local law enforcement agencies to hold individuals in their custody an additional 48 hours, not including weekends and holidays, beyond when they would otherwise be released to give ICE extra time to pick them up and take them into custody. “For years, ICE has carelessly requested the incarceration of citizens and immigrants alike with only the most cursory review to determine whether they are actually deportable. As a result, thousands of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and others who cannot be deported, have spent days, and sometimes weeks and months, unlawfully jailed,” said Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU/SC staff attorney. “When it comes to immigration detainers, ICE’s mantra is detain first, investigate later.” In December 2012 ICE claimed to adopt standards to guide ICE officers in placing detainers. In practice, however, these changes appear to have been cosmetic and did not change the actual evidentiary standards required before ICE agents request a person’s detention. Plaintiff Gerardo Gonzalez, Jr. was born in Pacoima, California and is an American citizen. He is presently in Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department custody with an immigration hold. Although ICE had…
Lunes, 17 Junio 2013 09:22

NDLON Responds to Morton Resignation

    (Los Angeles) In reaction to news of ICE Director John Morton's resignation, Chris Newman, Legal Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued this statement:    "John Morton's departure is tremendous news.    Under his leadership, ICE further fractured an already broken immigration system, it did tremendous damage to civil rights, and it served as a "force multiplier" for the unjust status quo.   During his tenure, ICE operated under an self-imposed deportation quota.   In advancing this unprecedented and self-imposed deportation quota, ICE ramped up it Secure Communities program, which will go down as one of the most shameful immigration policies in US history.     With his departure, the President now has an opportunity to close the gap between his rhetoric and his policies on immigration.  Was ICE a rogue agency, or was it just following orders?  While we celebrate the removal of Morton, the deportation machine he helped build remains in place.   And while Congress has its work to do, there are several steps ICE can take today to advance immigration reform.    We are hopeful the next director of ICE will take immediate steps to reverse the damage and  to alleviate injustice caused by ICE during John Morton's tenure."
Best Way to Move Bill Forward is to Keep Families Together Who Are Working Toward Reform  Congressman Gutierrez as well as Reps. Jackson-Lee, Schakowsky, Titus, Clarke, Cardenas and others join fathers facing deportation and representatives of more than 500 immigrant rights organizations to deliver a letter asking President Obama to suspend deportations for those who would be entitled to eventual citizenship in the immigration bill being currently debated. The press conference with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Gamaliel, Casa in Action, United We Dream, MALDEF, and the AFL-CIO comes the day after the President brought together immigration reform advocates at the White House to discuss the way forward. ”We call on the President to relieve the suffering of families by ceasing deportations as Congress debates reform,” said Oscar Alfaro.  Oscar, who had previously received a stay of deportation, was recently denied a renewal.  Oscar and his family have battled tirelessly in support of the President’s vision for immigration reform yet may be deported in these next few weeks if the President doesn’t take action to protect him and the 1,100 others who are deported on a daily basis from the United States  
    2013-06-11. Washington, DC. In response to the President's speech this morning on immigration reform, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement.   "The President must lead by example by exercising his broad authority and discretion.   Actions speak louder than words, and there are several steps the President can take today to advance reform.   There continues to be a wide distance  between the President's rhetoric and his record.  To close that gap, the President must cease the 1,100 daily deportations he currently oversees. He must end the failed Secure Communities program which has led to unprecedented criminalization of immigrants.  Those two actions would help to ensure a productive debate in Congress."
  Gowdy/Goodlatte "Unsafe Act" is Wreckless Arizonification of the US Backwards Bill is Unconstitutional Attempt to Turn Every Law Enforcer into an Arpaio   06.06.2013 - Washington, DC In response to the introduction of the "Safe Act" by Reps. Gowdy and Goodlatte, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: "One abusive Arpaio in Maricopa County was already too many. We don't need Arpaio wanna-be's in Congress.  Gowdy and Goodlatte's unsafe act is wreckless endangerment. It takes the worst of Arizona's failures and bigotry and proposes to make it national policy.   When police enforce immigration laws, everyone is less safe. Current policy already has created a public safety crisis because of people now fearing the police.  Goodlatte and Gowdy ignore those very real fears in order to pander to the imagined fears of nativists. They ignore all evidence and endanger our safety in order to enshrine their prejudice. Immigrant communities will not stand for it. It is time for a legalization-first approach that makes political equality and inclusion a priority."   ###
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (“NDLON”) applauds Congressman Polis and Congresswoman Chu's appropriations amendment, which would defund the failed 287(g) immigration program, ending the infamous deportation program once and for all. "The fact that the White House is still requesting money for 287g is frankly an unreported scandal," explains NDLON's executive director, Pablo Alvarado. "Even Joe Arpaio himself now acknowledges that the program leads to profiling.   At this point, the only ones defending the 287g program are the Heritage Foundation and the Minutemen.  Congress can show its commitment to immigration reform by saving the taxpayers the expense of program which imperils public safety and violates civil rights." 
Day Laborers, Domestic Workers, Families Facing Deportation and Faith Leaders Join National WHAT: Press Conference and beginning of a two-day fast and programming WHO: day laborers, domestic workers, faith leaders, Voz Worker Rights, National Day Labor Organizing Network, St Andrew Catholic Church, American Friends Service Committee, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Oregon Dream Activist, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Day Laborers, Domestic Workers, Families Facing Deportation and Faith Leaders Join National WHAT: Press Conference and beginning of a two-day fast and programming WHO: day laborers, domestic workers, faith leaders, Voz Worker Rights, National Day Labor Organizing Network, St Andrew Catholic Church, American Friends Service Committee, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Oregon Dream Activist, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
  Husband's 110-day detention has devastated family already struggling in wake of wife's surgery, County's possible role in deportation draws criticism    Three months after the case of Ruth Montaño, one local mom nearly deported over a trivial complaint about her barking dogs made headlines, another local mother is stepping up to protect her hard-working husband from deportation.    Mariana Parmar, a Bakersfield resident and US citizen, is imploring immigration authorities to cancel the deportation of her husband, Jagmohan Singh, which she recently learned is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 29. The couple, married for over a decade, have three U.S. Citizen children, ages 6, 8, and 10. [A picture of the family is available here.] 
Puente: Real Justice Requires a Halt to Deportations   05.24.2013 Phoenix, AZ In response to the guilty verdict in the racial profiling case of Sheriff Arpaio, Carlos Garcia, of the Puente Movement issued the following statement:   "While today's court ruling is undeniably a victory, real justice will come when the victims of Arpaio see their rights fully vindicated. At a bare minimum, the White House should repond by immediately suspending deportations throughout Maricopa County."   ###
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