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How Possessing Marijuana Gets People Kicked Out Of The U.S.

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who...

How President Obama Can Curb Deportations Now

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The president already has the power to reverse his failed immigration and border security policies. Now he just needs the political will and moral courage.

DTLA's Appeal to Humanity: On Immigration and the State of the Union

John Washington | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
John Washington

Full Text of DREAM Team Los Angeles Reaction to SOTU Address & Republican Response: DREAM Team Los Angeles, undocumented activist youth advocating fo...

Secure Communities: Why Does the Kern County Sheriff Defy the Law?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Sheriff Youngblood is boldly defying state law, an odd stand by a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law. The sheriff's position doesn't encourage confidence in him by the Latino community and many others in Kern County.

Immigration Reform Is Dead But We Must Continue to Push Forward

Prerna Lal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

Obama can change his legacy, while giving our communities a victory, and giving us freedom to live, drive, work, and travel without fear of being separated from our families.

Elise Foley

California Signs Unprecedented Anti-Deportation Law | Elise Foley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill on Saturday limiting the state's cooperation with federal immigration authorities, a rebuk...

Elise Foley

Former Cabinet Secretary Backs Bill To Curb Her Old Department | Elise Foley | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week urged California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign the Trust Act, a California ...

Pass the SF Due Process for All Policy

Jeff Adachi | Posted 11.24.2013 | San Francisco
Jeff Adachi

As San Francisco's Public Defender, I've witnessed first-hand how S-Comm has damaged public safety and sabotaged efforts both to defend innocent people wrongly accused of crimes and to rehabilitate people with longstanding ties to the community.

‘Innocent People Have Been Deported'

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2013 | Latino Voices

California State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) praised the Trust Act Tuesday, saying that the federal program known as Secure Communities has led...

Major California Immigration Bill Clears Another Hurdle

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.10.2013 | Latino Voices

UPDATE: The California State Assembly voted in favor of the amended Trust Act on Tuesday. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk and will becom...

The President's Deportation Quota Is More Offensive Than Rep. Steve King's Idiocy

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 09.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Pablo Alvarado

When Barack Obama said he needed a "dance partner" in Congress to reform immigration law, he might not have been thinking of Steve King, but King has proven to be Obama's best accomplice in what constitutes the perfect political crime.

Why Undocumented Californians Sat-in Governor Brown's Office

Jonathan Perez | Posted 09.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Jonathan Perez

We would rather risk deportation ourselves than let the deportations of our communities in California continue. What could happen to us, if arrested, is what happens everyday without the TRUST Act in California.

Report: Huge Number Of SoFla Deportations Flout Immigration Policy

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Miami

* Most immigrants deported are not serious criminals- report * ICE defends Secure Communities program By David Adams ...

Elise Foley

Immigration Asked Law Enforcement To Hold 800 Americans, Report Says | Elise Foley | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested that local law enforcement agencies hold more than 800 U.S. citizens -- a majority of whom...

Elise Foley

Obama Sets Another Record For Deportation | Elise Foley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced on Friday that the agency surpassed its record number of deportations in the pas...

Secure Communities Now Optional In California: Attorney General

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.05.2012 | Latino Voices

Secure Communities is optional in California, according to the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris told local law enforcement Tuesday...

Director To Sue LASD Over Nightmarish 3-Month Jail Limbo

AP | Posted 12.19.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Arrestees who say they were denied bail because immigration agents wanted them held sued the Los Angeles County sheriff Friday cla...

LAPD Chief Takes A Stand For Undocumented Immigrants

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2012 | Los Angeles

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday unveiled plans to refrain from ha...

Elise Foley

California Governor Vetoes Pro-Immigrant Bill | Elise Foley | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill late Sunday to make California the "anti-Arizona" on immigration enforcement, after a long fig...

Immigration Showdown in California: Governor Brown and His TRUST Issues

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We must fix our nation's broken immigration system in ways that make sense for our economy and safety and respects the dignity of all immigrant communities.

Elise Foley

California Democrats Endorse Bill To Severely Limit Cooperation With Immigration Program | Elise Foley | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has two and a half weeks to decide whether to sign the TRUST Act, a bill that would cut off some coopera...

Elise Foley

California Legislature Votes To Severely Limit Cooperation With Immigration Program | Elise Foley | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would drastically reduce California's participation in a key immigration enforcement program passed through the state Assemb...

President Obama, Immigrant Families Need More Than Deferrals

Mallika Dutt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Mallika Dutt

These aspiring citizens strengthen our economy, enrich our culture, and share our values. And yet deportations remain at an all-time high, leaving the mothers of some of our best and brightest unsure if they'll even be back to pick them up at school at the end of the day.

Elise Foley

Federal Immigrant Program Costs Los Angeles Millions | Elise Foley | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles County is spending more than $26 million a year to hold undocumented immigrants under a federal immigration enforcement init...

Elise Foley

LA Mayor Calls For Obama To Follow California's Lead On Immigration | Elise Foley | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday called for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign a bill that would defy a key Obam...