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 »

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 »

Those who oppose immigration have tried to blame immigrants for everything from climate change to epidemics to the Great Recession. This month, Congressional Republicans tried to scapegoat undocumented immigrants for the opioid epidemic, even though it’s the Trump Administration that has failed to appoint a permanent Drug Enforcement Administration head. At a recent Capitol Hill… Continue »

A full recording of today’s call can be found here.   Faith leaders, advocates and undocumented individuals in Sanctuary held a press call today to unveil a first-of-its-kind report on the faith based Sanctuary movement and highlight the growth of the movement and how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are increasing retaliation tactics against immigrant rights organizers and… Continue »

Washington, DC – Across the country, state and local governments are standing up to the Trump Administration’s hardline immigration policies and are charting an alternate pro-immigrant and pro-public safety policy direction.  Meanwhile, the courts are providing a backstop to some of Trump’s overreaches. Below, we highlight several of these developments: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo… Continue »

The Denver City Council unanimously voted to a pro-immigrant bill that will boost public safety and protect immigrants from deportation when they haven’t done anything wrong. Mayor Michael Hancock is expected to sign the bill later this week. The bill will prohibit city and county employees from: Handing immigrants over to ICE unless there’s a… Continue »

In a victory for both public safety and for immigrants, Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Trust Act into law today. The legislation will ensure that law enforcement throughout Illinois focus on protecting public safety instead of targeting immigrants for deportation. It encourages immigrants to come forward to report crimes and serve as witnesses… Continue »

Fifty-three Democrats from the House and Senate today released a letter calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for holding violence prevention funds hostage in an attempt to force cities to toe the Trump Administration’s line on sanctuary cities. Last month, Sessions announced that cities which want to continue receiving federal grants for local law enforcement… Continue »

Sessions’ Sanctuary Speech in Miami Latest Reminder Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to Miami to deliver another speech that made clear that the Trump Administration is more interested in targeting immigrants for deportation than in protecting the public from crime. As is his custom, Sessions used the speech in Miami to attack Chicago… Continue »

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) advances a thinly veiled, bigoted agenda, cities and organizations are fighting back against the Administration’s mass deportation policies. The DOJ is facing scrutiny from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed open records request yesterday with the federal government seeking any communications between state and… Continue »