Our families belong together. It's local law enforcement and ICE who should be separated. Immigrant Rights advocates and allies will head to Sacramento on Tuesday, August 28 as part of a TRUST Act Advocacy Day beginning at 10am on 7th and G streets in downtown Sacramento. A rally and press conference will be held on the North Steps of the Capitol.
On Friday, August 24, the Assembly passed AB 1081, 48-26, sending the measure to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has until September 30 to sign the bill. This follows the approval by the Senate on the Amended TRUST Act (AB1081) on Tuesday, August 21 with amendments by the author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. The Senate vote was 24-13. Join us as we head to Sacramento Tuesday, August 28, and beat the drums and call on Gov. Brown to sign the TRUST Act.
“With this bill, the California legislature stands against the immigration abuses that have ended the dreams of thousands of aspiring citizens of California,” Assemblymember Ammiano said. “We call on Governor Brown to sign it when it reaches his desk.”
Cinthya Muñoz, Immigrant Rights Organizer for CJJC said, “The Trust Act will be a great advance in protecting our families/communities right to remain together and limiting the way S-Comm is implemented in California.”
The bill, would save local resources and aid community policing by curtailing excess use of local jails for civil immigration enforcement.
Under TRUST, local law enforcement would have clear guidelines on when not to submit to immigration holds from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while still allowing holds for those convicted of serious or violent felonies.
But there are new amendments that remove a requirement for counties to develop a specific plan to guard against racial profiling and other “excesses” to address concerns by the state Sheriffs’ Association. It also gives additional discretion to local authorities, which enables them to submit to holds those who have been formerly charged with a serious or violent felony.
The amendments constitute a compromise in response to concerns from the Sheriffs’ Association. (Entire text of amendents can be found by clicking here.)
“The Trust act will set the bare minimum guidelines while allowing counties to individually go beyond these. While we recognize and celebrate that this is a huge advance for the well being of our our communities , we will continue to fight to expand the protections that the Trust Act provides to as many more people as possible,” said Muñoz, Immigrant Rights Organizer for Causa Justa :: Just Cause.
She added, “Our hope is that once the Trust Act passes, counties can expand these protections to people who have been merely charged and make sure that those who have been convicted, are not excluded as well from the right to due process.
So remember, Join us in Sacramento with hundreds of others in support of the Trust Act on August 28th, 9:30am at 7th and G Streets, Sacramento. Kickoff and March to North Steps of Capitol Building with Rally beginning at 11am.Our hope is that once the Trust Act passes, counties can expand these protections to people who have been merely charged and make sure that those who have been convicted, are not excluded as well from the right to due process.