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North Carolina Gov. Cooper’s Veto a Victory for Common-Sense Policymaking and Rejection of Divisive Partisan Fear-Mongering

The news that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation that would subvert local law enforcement’s authority and force local sheriffs to act as ICE deportation agents is a positive step for pragmatic policymaking and common-sense. As Governor Cooper rightfully noted in a message accompanying his veto, “This legislation is simply about scoring partisan … Continue reading »

Election 2018: Last Tuesday Was a Great Night for Pro-Immigrant Local Policies

Last Tuesday was a great night for progressives, immigration advocates, new American voters — and those who believe in pro-immigrant local policies which separate the police from immigration enforcement. Voters in Oregon and several counties across the nation voted to ensure that local resources are not spent in service of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), … Continue reading »

Earnell Lucas’ Victory in the Milwaukee County Sheriff Race Is a Big Win for the Immigrant Community

On Tuesday, Earnell Lucas defeated Richard Schmidt in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s election to replace David A. Clarke Jr., who resigned as Milwaukee County sheriff last year to become a senior advisor to the pro-Donald Trump America First Action Super PAC. Schmidt was Clarke’s longtime assistant Acting Sheriff, and the race quickly became a referendum … Continue reading »

ICYMI: City Council Votes to Make Austin a Freedom City, Other Texas Cities Working Towards Similar Proposals

United We Dream, Grassroots Leadership, and Workers Defense Project lead effort to making Austin more inclusive and equitable   Late last night, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to pass Freedom City resolutions, policies that will address the city’s racial disparity in policing, require full vetting and reporting on requests by ICE for Austin Police … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration is Wrong About ICE Detainers — Here Are All the Court Cases that Say So

In the last year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly attacked local governments for not turning immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) every time the government asks them to. They are criticizing local governments for not always obeying ICE detainers — conveniently ignoring the fact that it’s actually illegal to. ICE detainers are issued … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump convenes a festival of fear-mongering on sanctuary cities”

A must-read editorial in the Washington Post recaps the White House’s recent roundtable on “sanctuary” jurisdictions, part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to slander immigrants to justify their radical deportation strategy. We excerpt the Post editorial,  “Trump convenes a festival of fear-mongering on sanctuary cities,” below: “The spread of so-called sanctuary cities raises fair questions about how local law enforcement … Continue reading »

California Leaders to Jeff Sessions and President Trump: We Are Ready

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has filed a lawsuit against the state of California over pro-immigrant laws that protect Californians from the abuses of immigration enforcement officials. This lawsuit is the latest reminder of the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants and its efforts to spread fear and separate families. It is an anti-immigrant attack … Continue reading »

NPR: “California Attorney General Says State Will Stand Firm With Its Immigration Policies”

In a new interview with NPR All Things Considered, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses — clearly and persuasively — the implications of the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against California’s immigration policies and doubles down on the state’s safety first policies: …We’re simply doing what the 10th Amendment allows every state to … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is 287(g)?

In the interior of the United States, the federal responsibility of immigration enforcement is carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ICE sometimes gets help, however, from local police officers participating in a program known as 287(g). Through the 287(g) program, ICE deputizes local … Continue reading »

Trump and Sessions Wage War on Immigrants and Public Safety

Lawsuit vs. California about stoking culture war and political attack ads, not public safety The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is suing the state of California over several pro-immigrant policies is just the latest reminder that the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants is more about stoking a culture war, setting up political attack ads, … Continue reading »