CNN Poll: Americans Across Ideologies Agree A bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to congressional leaders in both parties today urging them to “come together quickly to shape a bipartisan solution that allows our Dreamers to remain in the United States and continue their constructive contributions to our society.”  The letter was signed by Republican and… Continue »

SB 54, the California Values Act, may come to a vote as early as this Friday, after state Democratic leaders cleared a key hurdle and amended the bill in order to bring police chiefs — and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown — onboard. SB 54 originally would have strictly limited the ability of state and local… 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 »

Will Gov. Jerry Brown cave to Trump and his allies, or stand up for public safety and immigrants? On the verge of enactment, the California Values Act (SB 54) would separate local law enforcement from the Trump Administration’s deportation force. The goal is to ensure that local law enforcement prioritize the prevention of crime and… Continue »

Democratic AGs, Others, Add New Fire Power to the Fight In the face of new threats to immigrants from an “unshackled” DHS deportation force, a number of state leaders are stepping up to defend immigrants in their communities. They are joining a growing chorus of national leaders who are leaning in to defend immigrants at… Continue »

California, long a national leader in pro-immigrant policymaking, is poised to once again provide a powerful example of how states can stand up for immigrants and protect public safety for all. At a press conference yesterday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck joined with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and California State Senate Leader… Continue »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

On Monday night, the Columbus City Council unanimously voted to formalize Mayor Andrew Ginther’s executive order making Columbus, Ohio a refuge for immigrants. The new ordinance passed by the council prohibits city workers from using city money, equipment or personnel solely to find and apprehend people based on their suspected immigration status, unless it is… Continue »

In recent months, we have been decrying the costs and consequences of the mass deportation agenda of the Trump Administration. The worst expression of this strategy at the state level is the recently-enacted SB4 in Texas, a law the encourages racial profiling and threatens local law enforcement with jail time in order to maximize deportations.… Continue »

This week in Texas saw cities and advocacy organizations joining the legal fight against Texas and its anti-immigrant SB 4 law. The Texas Civil Rights Project, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, and El Paso County filed a new lawsuit against SB 4, while the ACLU joined an existing suit from the city of El… Continue »