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      Immigration reform can and should aim to reduce poverty and boost nation's economic strength. LOS ANGELES – Civil and immigrant rights leaders from the Latino and African-American communities today urged Congress and the Administration to remain focused on the passage of immigration reform and anti-poverty measures. They emphasized that while Congress continues to focus on important foreign policy and its work to avert a government shutdown, lawmakers must not use that as an excuse to push comprehensive immigration reform and anti-poverty measures off the agenda. Despite other issues on the Congressional agenda, today’s press conference attendees stressed that Congress must understand that an overhaul in immigration policy is critical for our national and economic security. Currently, it is estimated that 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.  
Viernes, 20 Septiembre 2013 10:39

NDLON Responds to News of Gang of 7 Bill's Demise

Options Still Remain,  Despite Beltway Proclamations to Contrary     September 20, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to the Greg Sargent piece quoting Congressman Luis Gutierrez as stating that the House Gang of 7 bill will not be put forward, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement:   "At this crucial moment,  President Obama's leadership is needed.  He can - and must - take action to alleviate immigrants' suffering and propel much needed legislation forward.   "Despite the President's statements to the contrary, options do remain that can help immigrants, break the logjam in Congress,  and offer leverage for a positive bill.  Answering the wide call to suspend deportations and expand deferred action is an obvious trump card the President has in his hands to qualitatively change the nature of the debate.  
    Administration Policy of Criminalizing Immigrants Poses Largest Barrier to Reform   09.17.2013 - Los Angeles, CA.  In response to the President's comments in an interview with Telemundo where he says that he cannot further expand deferred action to suspend deportations, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "The President's statement is factually inaccurate. He has the power to reduce deportations, the legal authority to expand deferred action, and the political obligation to lead the national debate through bold action. In fact, courageous leadership will only galvanize momentum for reform and focus Congress's attention on their constitutional duty to modernize immigration law.
Martes, 10 Septiembre 2013 12:36

CA TRUST Act Heads to Gov. Brown's Desk

Sacramento - Today, by an initial vote of 48 to 22, the California State Assembly  approved amendments to TRUST Act (AB 4 - Ammiano) which reflect the great majority of a framework proposed by the Governor's office. Today's "concurrence" vote follows yesterday's successful Senate vote of 25-11. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, and a broad coalition of supporters is confident that the Governor will sign the significantly revised proposal into law. The bill would ease the painful impact of the "Secure" Communities or S-Comm deportation program, which turns even low level or unjustified arrests into extended detentions for deportation purposes in local jails. S-Comm has split families apart, undermined community confidence in law enforcement, and led to the deportation of nearly 100,000 Californians, most with minor convictions or none at all.
    September 04, 2013, Los Angeles, CA Today the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Gil Cedillo endorsing the statewide TRUST Act (AB4) and calling upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign it into law as written.   The Council joins a growing chorus of support for the compromise bill including 28 Congressional reps, 300 faith leaders, and prominent law enforcement leaders.
In response to Janet Napolitano's departure from the Department of Homeland Security, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "Security Janet Napolitano oversaw the Arizonification of the country during her tenure at DHS.   Under her watch, DHS operated with a self-imposed deportation quota, a fact that remains one of the most underreported scandals of President Obama's first term.    The unprecedented removal of immigrants overseen by Janet Napolitano corresponded with criminalization programs such as Secure Communities that endangered public safety, trampled civil rights, and further shattered already broken and unjust immigration laws.  Secretary Napolitano will ultimately be remembered as having spread the shameful infection of nativism from her home state of Arizona into national immigration policy.   With her departure, the President should expand the one bright spot in an otherwise abysmal record.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) granted much needed relief to a small segment of the immigrant community and showed that administrative action can improve the prospects for legislative results.  Expanding DACA to the rest of the undocumented community is a necessary step to reverse the pain caused by Napolitano's DHS, and it would be a helpful advance for reform efforts.   Moreover, the next Secretary should listen to Congressional leaders and freeze deportations, at a minimum for all who would qualify for legalization under S744.  Finally, we expect the next Secretary to take immediate steps to reverse the damage caused by Secure Communities.  That program should be scrapped, disavowed, and filed away in history books along with other failed mass deportation programs."   ###

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

Mountain View, CA—The Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, Maria Marroquin, was selected to be a Bay Area Local Hero for 2013 KQED Latino Heritage Month.  Maria was selected from dozens of highly qualified candidates and will be awarded the honor on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco. 

  While President Should Make DACA Expansion "Plan A" for Immigration Reform August 13, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA In response to Marco Rubio's comments on the possible expansion of DACA, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:   "Senator Rubio's bizarre comments demonstrate precisely why the President must lead on this issue by suspending deportations and expanding DACA.   He should take action now to prevent Congress from holding people's equality hostage.   Rather than think about executive action as a 'plan B,' we think Presidential action will actually improve prospects for a good bill to get through Congress.     If Senator Rubio was sincere about seeking reform, he would join a growing national consensus on the need to suspend unjust deportations.  At a bare minimum, people who would qualify for citizenship under Rubio's own bill should not have to fear deportation while it's being debated.   By leading the immigration reform debate through actions and not just words, the President can break the impasse and focus Congress's attention on getting something done this year. If Marco Rubio is serious about results, he should be able to endorse such a move as well."   ###
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.”
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