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NY Times Disapproves of TRUST Act Veto, LA Police Chief to ignore some detainers, Jesus Navarro gets a kidney 10/1-10/12

13 Oct
New York Times editorial rejects veto 
Using the same logic that migrant justice activists used to support the TRUST Act, the NYTimes editorial disapproved of Governor Brown’s decision to vet the act. The NY Times explained that the TRUST Act was a much needed step to ameliorate relations between immigrant communities and police. A relationship that has been fractured by federal immigration policies such as S-COMM, E-verify, and 287(g). The Times notes that the safety and rights of the immigrant community were ignored with his veto.Chief of police for LA Charlie Beck
City of Los Angeles police chief to stop honoring some immigrantion detainers
Following on the heels of Governor Brown’s veto of the TRUST Act, Charlie Beck the Chief of Police of the largest city in California has issued a statement that immigration detainers will not be honored for low level offenses. Chief Beck knows the fear created by S-COMM and how that drives the community away from the police. His dept. will now release those who have an immigration detainer who have been arrested for offenses  such as illegal vending or driving without a license. This statement is an attempt to improve community relations and is expected to affect 400 people every year.Jesus Navarro undergoes a kidney transplant at long last
Earlier this year, there was controversy at UCSF over the denied kidney transplant of undocumented immigrant Jesus Navarro. After an outcry over the denial, and a 100,000 signature petition on CHANGE.org, Jesus and UCSF came to an agreement where he would be eligible for the transplant. On September 27th Jesus received a transplant, finally freeing him from the dialysis machine he had been tethered to for the past 7 years. His story is an important reminder of the struggle for access to basic health care  for undocumented people.Culture, Art and Resistance: Migration Now is a new website with a collection of art from dedicated and talented members of the migrant justice movement

Univision anchor Jorge ramos holds President Obama accountable for immigration reform failures, sums it up on the Colbert Report


States and citizens push back against Secure Communities; Immigrants continue to face labor protections, 7/2-7/9

12 Jul

CA State Senator Tom AmmianoCalifornia moved forward with legislation to limit Secure Communities

CA State Senate passed the Trust Act, a bill intended to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement policies. The bill would prevent police and sheriff officials from detaining a person for deportation if that person does not have a prior felony conviction. 75,000 people have been deported from California since Secure Communities was implemented in 2009. Fewer than half of these individuals were convicted of serious violent felonies. By limiting the reach of S-Comm, the Trust Act will decrease the fear and stress that is caused by this policy.

Secure Communities also places many citizens and legal residents at risk of detention

This week Secure Communities faced its first legal challenge from a U.S. citizen. An Illinois resident is suing the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, after he was detained for two-months in a maximum-security prison when immigration officials mistakenly identified him as an undocumented immigrant. Under Secure Communities, local police check fingerprints against immigration and FBI databases. This sharing of information is a violation of the Privacy Act – and for some, like James Makowski, results in serious violations of personal rights and freedoms. This also demonstrates that immigration policies do not limit their harm to undocumented immigrants.

Expanded protections for all immigrant workers needed

Labor abuses of immigrants coming to the US through guest worker programs continue to be uncovered. Most recently, Wal-Mart stopped supplying seafood from C. J.’s Seafood after the National Guestworker Alliance publicized severe labor violations ranging from low wages to threatened physical abuse. The H-2B guest worker visa program has been subject to investigations by the GAO for a series of complaints about wage and working condition violations. New labor laws that were to take effect earlier this year have been postponed due to pushback from large businesses and cuts in enforcement funding.

President Obama continues to court immigrant voters

President Obama attended a naturalization ceremony for active duty military members, using the opportunity to speak about the importance of legislation such as the Dream Act, which would enable a path to legal status for immigrants who serve in the military or attend university.

Heat Illness Deaths in California,TRUST Act Moves Forward, and Immigration in the Media, 6/4-6/13

14 Jun
99 Calor Heat Illness Social Marketing Campaign

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign from CAL/OSHA 99calor.org

Two California laborers die from heat-illness
Heat-illness is entirely preventable with proper hydration and shaded rest. In many sectors, these safe workplace norms are not guaranteed, and recently it led to the deaths of two more laborers in California. Maximo Lopez Barajas was working in a pomegranate field and Cory Thomas was working in construction when they died. Heat-illness deaths have decreased because of CAL/OSHA outreach, education, and enforcement, yet, these two deaths demonstrate the efforts are not reaching all workplaces. Immigrants often find themselves in these lower-regulation work environments, creating dangerous work conditions. Farmworker advocacy group UFW is currently promoting legislation that would protect workers from heat-illness by improving stronger enforcement provisions.

California legislature to decide whether to limit S-COMM cooperation with the TRUST Act
Secure Communities is the notorious program that has lead to the deportations of many immigrants. The program shares fingerprint of arrestees with ICE and was initially billed as a voluntary program to deport the dangerous criminals. After the roll-out of the program, it has been sweeping up immigrants into deportation proceedings and striking fear into many immigrant communities. The California TRUST act would limit California’s participation. Senate subcommittee voted the TRUST Act out of committee on a 5-2 vote Tuesday.  It now goes to the Senate appropriations committee.

NY Times makes strong critique of Obama’s deportation policy
Citing examples of dashed hopes for immigration reform, the  NY Times published an editorial chastising the Obama administration for its inaction. The opinion piece was a follow-up from another NY Times article citing the failure of DHS Secretary Morton’s administrative review of over 400,000 deportation cases. The review has only closed 2% of cases, attributing the low clearance to time consuming background checks.

SF Weekly and other regional weekly’s explore the racist foundations of anti-immigrant, anti-suffrage laws
Recognizing the impetus of many anti-immigrant laws, Village Voice Media, a conglomerate of regional publications, sheds light on the laws constructed to dehumanize Mexican immigrants in Arizona. They also profile Voter ID laws that limit voting for the poor and people of color. Both sets of laws seek to limit votes for people of color, and to further bloat white upper class suffrage.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria looks at immigration policy globally
A recent nationwide telephone poll by CNN found that 75% of poll respondents favor SB1070. Another poll found that 73% of respondents do not think our current immigration system is working. To bring a global perspective, Mr. Zakaria chose to review immigration policies from Japan, Canada and Europe, hoping to find new insights. In Japan, he finds a restrictionist policy highlighted by a 2% foreign-born population and labor shortage. In Europe, he finds a more open approach to immigrants, that has also lead to xenophobic backlash. Finally, in Canada, he finds a country that welcomes immigrants for economic reasons. Per usual, CNN sidesteps root causes for migration and the health impact each of these policies have on immigrant communities.