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New Orleans Day Laborers Move Immigration Reform Forward Through Historic Agreement with SheriffPrecedent-Setting Agreement Protects Against Racial Profiling, Unconstitutional Detention by Rejecting Burdensome ICE Hold Requests    New Orleans, LA - August 13, 2013   In response to the far-reaching agreement between Sheriff Gusman and New Orleans day laborers that directs Orleans Parish Jail to reject ICE hold requests as a result of theChaco v Gusman lawsuit filed by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice and the organizing of the Congress of Day Laborers, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "Today, we have day laborers to thank for moving immigration reform forward and for creating a safer and fairer New Orleans. As a result of their work, the criminalization of migrants and the destruction of families are being turned back.   By breaking ICE's hold on their community, by organizing and defending their rights, they have set a powerful example of the potential to advance immigration reform at the local level.   President Obama's Secure Communities deportation program has roped local law sheriffs into a complicated and unjust immigration system, eroding public safety and jeopardizing civil rights in every jurisdiction.  The violations that the agreement with the Sheriff is stopping today should be ended wholesale by the Obama Administration through a complete termination of the failed S-Comm program. Meanwhile, we expect other jurisdictions will follow New Orleans' lead by implementing sound policies to protect residents' rights and safety.  In particular, we hope Jerry Brown takes note of this historic settlement and uses it as further reason to sign the California TRUST ACT, which we hope will set a course for other states seeking to go in the opposite direction of Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama. " For plaintiff and NOWCRJ staff interviews, CONTACT: Stephen Boykewich, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 718-791-9162Find the Press Statement by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice Here  Background New York Times article on the new policy Two-page backgrounder on campaign to win new policy New policy: full text One-page summary of new policy Settlement agreement New Orleans City Council resolution - May 2013 DOJ findings letter on OPP - 2012 Writ of habeas corpus for Antonio Ocampo – 2010 Original Complaint - Feb. 2011
  August 9, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA  This morning, Politico issued its top questions for the President before he leaves for vacation.   On immigration, the article asked:  "Would you issue an executive order to provide relief to some or all 11 million undocumented immigrants if the House fails to pass a bill? Obama insisted during his first term that he couldn’t change immigration laws unilaterally. But then, he did. Months before the 2012 election, he ordered his administration to stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants. Congressional Democrats and immigrant advocates will increasingly look to the president to use his executive authority in the absence of House action on comprehensive reform. Obama is prepared to hold back on going into full-on campaign mode until October or November, and only if Republicans are showing no sign of progress. But his response to this question would provide clues on his administration’s fallback plan." NDLON would like to see the above question answered.  And we have three of our own: 1. For the past several years, it has been reported that immigration enforcement is driven by a self-imposed quota. Chris Crane who represents ICE officers told the Washington Post in 2010, "For ICE leadership, it's not about keeping the community safe. It's all about chasing this 400,000 number." Most recently USA Today revealed the extent to which ICE officers will go to reach their numbers. Yes or No Question:  Is there a deportation quota?  If so, where does it come from and under what authority? Will it be reduced or eliminated as part of immigration reform?  2. During your recent trip to Arizona, many expected you to address the state's anti-immigrant law, SB1070, the on-going investigation into Sheriff Arpaio's profiling in Maricopa County (that the Department of Justice has investigated for the past five years), and accusations that your own policies have caused an "Arizonification" of country.  In fact,  during the oral argument about Arizona’s SB 1070 in the Supreme Court, Paul Clement said this:  “The Federal Government doesn’t like this statute [Sec 2b of Sb1070], but they are very proud of their Secure Communities program. And their Secure Communities program also makes clear that everybody’s that’s booked at participating facilities is — eventually has their immigration status checked.”   He went on to say Arizona, “borrowed the federal standard as its own.” What is the difference between your Homeland Security Department's  Secure Communities deportation program…
    August 9, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA   With multiple reports citing administrative relief as a 'Plan B' to legislation in Congress and with outlets raising the question of executive action before the President's vacation, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement calling for a suspension of deportations as a precursor to reform:   "The President has the legal authority and moral obligation to do more in order to advance immigration reform.  Rather than sit on the sidelines and merely seek political advantage from potential gridlock in Congress, the President can and should take steps today both to help immigrants and to improve prospects for legislation.    
  Cut off Secure Communities Program, Grant Relief to Victims of Sheriff Arpaio   August 6, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ In response to President Obama's visit to Maricopa County, Arizona, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "While Congress has the responsibility to rewrite immigration law, the President has the responsibility to enforce existing laws in a just and fair manner.  Both congress and the President have failed in their duty, and the civil and human rights crisis in Arizona is proof.     The President's visit to Arizona is a return to the scene of a perfect political crime committed by this administration.  The extreme prejudice of Jan Brewer and Sheriff Arpaio allow the President to denounce their positions while collaborating on their policies of mass deportation.  President Obama needs to resolve the crisis he helped create. He can start with deactivating the Secure Communities deportation quota program so that Arizona's discriminatory policing cannot result in unjust deportation. He should provide relief to the victims of Sheriff Arpaio instead of continuing to deport them."
    Immigrant Rights Groups Happy to See Her Go, Call on President to  Renounce Deportation Quota, Expand DACA for all   Los Angeles, CA - July 12, 2013 In reaction to the announced resignation of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her planned move to head the University of California, Chris Newman, legal director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "We are pleased to see her go. Janet Napolitano's tenure on immigration- perhaps with the sole exception of DACA- has been an unmitigated failure. While Napolitano largely avoided political blame for her disastrous policies by seeking a contrast between her and the very extremists like Joe Arpaio who she empowered,  she ultimately will be remembered as the Secretary who brought Arizona's repugnant policies to the rest of the country.    Indeed, there is now little difference between remaining portions of Arizona's SB 1070 and her Secure Communities deportation program.     Napolitano's departure provides the President an opportunity to reverse course on policies of Arizonification. The President can start by ending the Secure Communities program and renouncing the deportation quota that drives it.  He can halt the border militarization that not even Republicans are calling for. And more than anything, he can take the one bright spot of Napolitano's tenure, deferred action for dream-eligible youth, and expand it to all undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States.    Meanwhile in California, we expect her arrival will be met with protests. UC should take the opportunity to thoroughly examine her record in Arizona and at DHS to see if it reflects the university's values before they confirm her to this important post."     ###
  Start Legalization-First by Suspending Deportations   Washington, DC - July 11, 2013 In wake of GOP announcement on immigration reform, Salvador G. Sarmiento, national organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:   "We need real progress in Washington, not fingerpointing. It is not enough for the President or Democrats to blame Republicans for obstruction of immigration reform when the administration is itself deporting record numbers of potential citizens.     There is an easy step for Democrats to take if they want to disprove the accusation from Republicans that they are playing politics with reform. The President can expand the relief granted to Dream-eligible youth and suspend deportations. Students have shown that with deferred action comes the benefit of an increase in participation in the debate by those who are at its center. Suspending deportations will grant real relief to the potential citizens who live in fear of being taken from their homes and reject the decades long failure of enforcement-first logic. "   ###
Sacramento - July 2, 2013 Today, the TRUST Act passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee (vote 4-2). It now heads to the Senate floor and is expected to return to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Last year, a massive coalition forged a statewide consensus in support of the legislation to prevent the “Arizonification” of California.  Consistent with federal law, the California TRUST Act would establish bright line rules to clarify the proper role for local police and sheriffs in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.  Last year, the only organized opposition came from a vocal minority of sheriffs and from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself.  Governor Brown vetoed the bill, citing technical concerns, and he pledged to sign the TRUST ACT into law “forthwith.”
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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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."


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // EXCUSE CROSS POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Date: June 19, 2013Contact: ACLU/SC, Vicki Fox, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n 213.977.5252NDLON, Chris Newman, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 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  
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