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Civil Rights Organizations Warn California Counties: New Federal Court Decision Finds Immigration Detainers Unconstitutional; Local Law Enforcement Liable for DetentionLetter Urges Counties to Join 30 Counties in Oregon, 3 in Washington, and 3 in Colorado in Ending Compliance with Detainers in Wake of Decision Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n LOS ANGELES, MAY 2, 2014--Today civil rights organizations, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the ACLU of California, sent letters to every County in California urging them to end compliance with immigration detainer requests in the wake of a recent federal court decision holding that the requests are unconstitutional and local law enforcement may be held liable for money damages for complying with them.
  As Pressure For Action Intensifies, Scope & Timing of Expected Relief Are New Subject of Debate  This morning, the Migration Policy Institute issued a new report, The Deportation Dilemma, that helps shed light on unprecedented deportations and criminal prosecution of immigrants.   In recent weeks, as the President hit the inauspicious milestone of 2 million deportations, there has been considerable confusion about the characteristic of deportations.  Former acting ICE director John Sandweg's comments that "run of the mill immigrants" aren't getting deported has been belied by hunger strikers on the White House lawn and called into question given explosive allegations that he doctored an Inspector General report to cover up misrepresentations about deportation policy made to Congress.  The MPI report attempts to shed light on this debate through detailed data analysis, and its findings open the opportunity for executive action to strengthen discretion and reduce the harm of outdated existing laws. In reaction to the MPI report published today, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: The report confirms what we already know:  the president has not yet exercised the full extent of his existing legal authority to protect immigrants from grave injustice caused by outdated laws and policies.  It is increasingly clear the President's immigration policy will evolve soon, and the only questions that remain now are about the timing and scope of expected action.  And while there is an effort underway to manage policy expectations, the report makes clear that the limiting factor preventing President Obama from providing relief is 100% political.  But the political obstacles are being removed.  We are grateful to MPI for its effort to cut through ICE's spin and opaque reporting in order to accurately describe the status quo.   But that description has been fully known for years despite ICE's distortions.   ICE is a rogue agency, it has expanded its definition of the word "priority" in order to give itself high marks, and it has pursued deportation policy that is criminalizing migrants.  What is required now is not just a vast reduction of deportations and the wholesale termination of failed programs like Secure Communities -  what Is required now is a massive expansion of the work authorization and interim status that was provided to DACA recipients.    Presidential action can and will provide relief for millions of immigrant families, it will benefit the economy, and it will hopefully help compel lawmakers in Congress to finally get…


April 17, 2014

Contact: B Loewe 773-791-4668


Philly's Historic Executive Order Draws 

Praise from National Advocates


In response to Philadelphia Mayor Nutter's announcement of an Executive Order to effectively end the city's submission to ICE hold requests, leading national civil rights and labor organizations gave the following statements. 


Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network: 


"Philadelphia's new policy makes the city safer, it protects civil rights, it constitutes an exemplary policy of inclusion, and it sends a clear message that the city values the contributions of its immigrant population.   Whereas shameful federal deportation dragnet programs like SCOMM  have created a culture of suspicion that has divided communities and led to Arizonification,  Philadelphia's new policy represents the turning tide.  We expect more cities will follow Philly's lead in weeks and months ahead, and we congratulate and thank everyone involved in this historic policy."

for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   White House Continues to Muddle Immigration Policy, Defend Indefensible   April 15, 2014 - Washington, DC    In response to statements made by White House Domestic Policy Advisory, Cecilia Muñoz regarding potential executive action on immigration during a thorough and fair interview by Leon Krauze, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "Cecilia's remarks today lay bare the very false logic used by the Obama Administration that has contributed to the current deportation crisis.  Everyone knows that political calculations and not legal limitations are delaying inevitable actions the President must take to mitigate the injustice of the status quo and to advance prospects for legislation in Congress. The first thing the Obama Administration can do to advance immigration reform is to exercise its legal authority instead of attempting to deny its existence.   Instead, the White House continues to use fallacious arguments to defend the indefensible, and one is left to wonder whether good policy or bad politics is the driving factor at play."     NDLON launched the #Not1More campaign with local partners in April of 2013 to demand executive action to expand relief, halt deportations, and end the Secure Communities program. Since then more than 500 organizations, 4,000 people of faith, and 35 Congressmen have sent letters to the President requesting executive action. On April 5th more than 80 cities held 100 events protesting deportations. The same day marked the beginning of an on-going presence on the White House lawn of families facing deportation asking the adminstration for relief.   In February of 2014, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed a formal rulemaking petition under the Administrative Procedure Act considered to be the authoritative document articulating the legal authority and historical precedent for executive action on immigration.   Last week, a Blue Ribbon Commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders formed as an independent and parallel body to makerecommendations for immediate implementation by the President as he instructs DHS to perform its own review of deportation policy.  The report outlines 14 steps available under the legal authority of the President to reduce the harm caused by the status quo and expand affirmative relief to the undocumented.     ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668     During Meeting with DHS Sec. Johnson, NDLON's Undocumented Representative Seeks Audience for Blue Ribbon Commission, Answers on Deportation Quota   "Invitations Will Not Slow Grassroots Movement," Says Tania Unzueta "Until Deportations Are Stopped These Meetings Are More About Pageantry Than Policy."   Washington, DC  - March 25, 2014 In a follow-up to the White House meeting with immigration advocates where the President scolded any criticism of his deportation record and attempted to redirect attention to House Republicans, the administration invited representatives to a meeting with DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson.   "It's a question whether the administration called the meeting to take action on deportations or to try to prevent it," states Tania Unzueta, #Not1More Campaign organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the meeting's only undocumented attendee.   During the meeting that Unzueta described as formal and uncomfortable given Johnson's roll in administering the removal of people whose cases NDLON takes on, Unzueta presented the groups formal rulemaking petition, filed with DHS in early February and still awaiting required response under the Administrative Procedure Act, submitted 18 cases of individuals facing deportation for immediate review and sought the Secretary's stance on expanding the deferred action program to provide immediate relief as has been granted immigrant youth.   "What the President did for immigrant youth like myself can be done for a far broader group of undocumented immigrants who might qualify for immigration reform if it were passed but instead are continuing to be deported by the administration. Secretary Johnson will have to choose which part of the administration's rhetoric to actually implement because he can't maintain a deportation quota and be more humane at the same time," adds Unzueta.   Many say that the meetings are an attempt to quell the grassroots pressure that has risen to a fever pitch and galvanized a consensus that the President must use his authority to expand relief immediately.   The conversation with Sec. Johnson comes the day after protesters in Alabama chained themselves together to block deportations at the Etowah Detention Center, as hunger strikes by detainees in Washington state and Texas, and only days ahead of what has been called the "Two Million Too Many" National Day of Action to Stop Deportations on April 5th.   Unzueta continues, "Instead of participating in the pageantry of the meeting, I asked for a conversation with the President on behalf of the Blue…
      Legislation Seeks to Improve Public Safety, Restore Trust in Law Enforcement, and Prevent Unjust Deportations   Boston, MA (March 19, 2014) --- State legislation that would curtail the use of local and state resources on federal deportation quota programs passed out of the Joint Public Safety committee today. The measure (SB 1135), known as the MA Trust Act, is mirrored after similar bills already in effect in the Cook County, IL, Washington, DC, and California and is part of a wave of local legislative responses to to the troubled federal "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) deportation program whose implementation Governor Patrick sought to prevent in Massachusetts in 2011.   Boston, MA was a pilot location for S-Comm, and today across the state, 68% of persons deported through the program have no criminal convictions whatsoever or were only accused of minor offenses. Since revelations about the program's impact on public safety became public, half a dozen Massachusetts mayors have come out in opposition to the program. In fact, a national study by the University of Illinois Chicago found that nearly half of Latinos surveyed were less likely to call police if witness to or victim of a crime out of fear of inquiry into their immigration status. Senator Eldrige and Representative Scortino sponsored the MA TRUST Act, with state-wide support from the Massachusetts TRUST Act Coalition, to remedy the situation and restore trust in law enforcement by preventing submission to burdensome and overreaching ICE hold requests.      Senator James Eldridge, Senate lead sponsor of the bill, said in response, "I'm extremely happy that the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security has favorably reported out the Trust Act today. I'm deeply grateful to the committee chairs, Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton) and Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole), for their support of a bill that will limit local law enforcement's submission to unjust, unnecessary, and unsafe federal deportation programs, therefore restoring the trust between immigrant communities and police, and increasing the public safety for all residents in Massachusetts."   Jorge Sanchez Berduo, a member of Just Communities and immigrant resident of Hamden County who was detained for two weeks on an ICE hold and finally released - without charges - after sustained pressure said about the impact of ICE holds, "The time I spent detained on an ICE hold changed my life, my family went through enormous economic hardship, my mother became sick with worry, and even…
for immediate release Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668     New Study Shows Criminalization of Immigration   March 18, 2014 - Chicago, IL In response to a Pew Research Study released today, "The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes", that charts as other criminal prosecutions decline, criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses are still continuing at very high levels, Tania Unzueta, organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "At a time when the President says he will review his deportation policies, he'll also need to revise the extent to which immigration itself has been criminalized.  The administration says it is targeting criminals but uses a sleight of hand to reclassify most immigrants with that label. People who are coming back to the only home they've known or the place they've settled with their family are treated as priorities for removal simply because they've had their families and their lives divided." ###
Contact:  B Loewe  773-791-4668   NDLON:  "Not One More Delay Suspending Deportations"    (Los Angeles) In reaction to the readout from the President's meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:    "Relief delayed is relief denied.   The President has no excuse to continue his unjust deportation policy, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should not delay joining what is now a consensus position that the President can and should suspend deportations, expand deferred action, and end the disgraceful Secure Communities program.     It is clear that the House of Representatives is held hostage by a vigilante wing of the Republican Party.  In our view, the only way to ensure that the adults regain control of the GOP is for the President to take every single step allowed under existing law to stop deportations.    It's time for the President to lead by example, regardless of what the Joe Arpaio's of the world say."     NDLON launched a petition calling on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to issue its resolution to halt deportations without delay at   ###
for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   President Obama is Far from Being Champion-in-Chief, Immigration Policies Must Evolve   March 06, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA In response to the President's statement that he is a "champion-in-chief" for immigrant communities, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "As long as the President's Secure Communities deportation policy resembles Arizona's SB1070 more than California's TRUST ACT, he has no business claiming to be a champion of anything other than the misery that his policies have propagated.His statement is simply not true.  The President has not done nearly enough to exercise discretion using existing laws.  To the contrary, his excercise of discretion has been inadequate and counterproductive.  The good news is that he still has time to be a champion for immigrants, but his position on immigration will have to evolve- and very quickly- to earn that title.  We judge his actions and not his rhetoric because words don't provide relief but his pen can.     It's clear that the fight for immigration reform is entering a new stage, and immigrants and their organizations are issuing a declaration of  independence from partisan politics.  We will hold friends and foes accountable, as we seek solutions to address the deportation crisis in furtherance of  equality.  "   ###
For immediate release // excuse cross-posting // Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   White House Budget Reflects Administration's Inaccuracy and Contradiction on Immigration The President Cannot Deport His Way to Reform   This morning, the White House released its 2015 budget proposal, outlining its priorities and requesting to fund programs aimed at fulfilling its deportation quota. The budget proposal also highlights the inaccuracy of White House statements related to its deportation record.    In December, the President told Ju Hong, a young undocumented immigrant who interrupted his speech asking for help for his family, that he has no power to reduce deportations; a statement later debunked by a formal rulemaking petition submitted to the Department of Homeland Security.  While in 2011, White House Domestic Policy and former director of NCLR, Cecilia Muñoz, told PBS "even broken laws have to be enforced," incorrectly citing the Congressional budget as the basis of an apparent deportation quota.     Reacting to the 2015 budget proposal, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statements:   "The President's budget belies his rhetoric on immigration, and it calls into question whether he is sincere about protecting immigrants and advancing immigration reform in the Congress.   Every proposed dollar for disasterous programs like Secure Communities or 287(g) is a dollar misspent on a destructive,  inhumane, and wasteful deportation machine.   The administration cannot hide its own record behind Republican's extremism when it continues to propose funding for extremely cruel enforcement.   The President must stop ratifying the premises of the nativists, and he must resolve the hypocrisy reflected in his budget.   His "enforcement first" deportation gambit has failed miserably.  It has failed immigrants, and it has failed in Congress.  It's time for a new course.   If he truly supports the path to citizenship passed in the Senate, his proposed budget should reflect that.  He can't be an immigration reformer and the deporter-in-chief at the same time. " 
for immediate release / excuse cross postings / please forward.    Contact:  B Loewe,  bloewe{at}  773. 791.4668   Reaction to Carney Deportation Statement:  Reduction of Deportations IMPROVES chances for Comprehensive Immigration Reform    (Los Angeles/DC) In reaction to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's statement today that there is "no alternative to comprehensive immigration reform passing Congress," Pablo Alvarado, director the National Day Laborer Organizing Network responded:   "Trapping immigrants between the President's failing deportation strategy and Congress' failing negotiations is totally unacceptable.  The President can turn things around today with his pen and his phone, just as he did with the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program.     There is consensus on the need for Congress to act in order to modernize immigration statutes and bring them in line with national values.  But there is also a growing consensus that the President’s “enforcement first” approach is harming prospects for legislation.       It is time for the President to play to win on immigration reform instead of merely playing to win elections.  He has the legal authority and moral obligation to act.  Rather than continue to cave to the disingenuous and odious demands of nativist House Republicans, the President must lead with action.”   #####
Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, bloewe{at} Petition Filers Seek Rule Change from DHS to Suspend Deportations, Agency Required to Respond The “Si Se Puede” Filing Provides Authoritative Legal Evidence of Obama Administration’s Ability to Expand Deferred Action, Grant Relief to Future Beneficiaries of Immigration Reform The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and a group of undocumented people facing the threat of deportation are using a little known provision of the Administrative Procedure Act to formally request the Department of Homeland Security expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to the fullest extent permissible by law and to suspend deportations for immigrant workers and families who are likely future beneficiaries of immigration reform. Under the law, agencies are required to allow members of the public to petition for the issuance of new rules or changes to or repeal of existing rules. DHS must provide a response to the petition and explain its decision to grant or deny petitioners’ request. Referring to the significance of the petition drafted by the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, NDLON Staff Attorney Jessica Karp explained, “After reading this document, there is no question whether the President can stop deportations. It shows that he can and he should. The only question left is, why hasn’t he? This petition presents the dilemma to DHS formally. It gives them to opportunity to correct years of reckless enforcement and also grant relief to immigrant workers and families who the President and leaders on both sides of the isle all agree belong here.” For Jose Luis Piscil of New Haven, CT who is scheduled to appear in immigration court on March 16th, the petition is part of his urgent attempt to remain with his family after a wrongful arrest on charges that were quickly dismissed led to his placement in deportation proceedings under the federal Secure Communities deportation quota program. “The way they are currently enforcing their laws is creating nightmares in immigrants’ lives.  I want to be here for my wife and two children, to provide for them and to see them grow up.  DHS uses discretion in its enforcement. I hope it will use it in my case and change their rules so that no one else faces what my family is going through.” Many cite the “Sí se puede (Yes You Can)” rulemaking petition as the authoritative document on the…
For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668 bloewe{at} In response to the GOP's principles on immigration released today, Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: "We are concerned the nativists within the Republican party now control the the whip hand on the immigration reform debate. The GOP's principles make clear they continue to seek the criminalization of immigrants and the Arizonification of the country. The best way forward is for the President to lead with concrete action. A suspension of deportations would galvanize consensus for reform and put the immigrant rights movement into a win-win position. It would alleviate unnecessary suffering and prolonged injustice immediately. It would resolve inconsistency in the President's position, and it would make clear that legalization can no longer be used as a bargaining chip." ###  
"Tonight's speech was both a disappointment and a call to action for immigrants to increase pressure on the President for relief and for their rights. If the President wants 2014 to be a year of action, immigration is one area where he can and should lead by example. The President has already shown that he has broad legal authority in the realm of immigration; but to date, he has mostly exercised that authority poorly as part of a failed political strategy.
for immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668 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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