Tireless organizing and community presence helped fuel the Due Process for All ordinance approved today by the SF Board of Supervisors and introduced on July 23 by Supervisor John Avalos, with the co-sponsorship of seven other members of the Board.
Organizers and advocates were successful in limiting the harmful impact of carve outs on community members.
Join us at the first vote of the Due Process for All ordinance by the full Board of Supervisors meeting this Tuesday September 24th @ 1:30 pm @ City Hall Room #250 (vote from last week was delayed)
As a result of all the powerful organizing, advocacy, and movement-building work our SF communities have been doing, Supervisor John Avalos
Despite tireless organizing and community presence that packed the main hearing room as well the “over-flow” room, the San Francisco Detainer Policy was unfortunately not able to have its first hearing before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Organizers and advocates were successful in limiting the harmful impact of carve outs on community members, but the negotiation...
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The fight for the Due Process Ordinance is advancing and we are happy to let you know that the ordinance was passed at the Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote this Thursday Sep 5th! It will now go to the full board of supervisors September 17!
San Francisco - September 5, the SF Board of Supervisors' Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee approved the broadly-supported Due Process ordinance by Sup. John Avalos (D-11) to end the city’s response to burdensome and likely unconstitutional immigration hold requests from federal authorities. The proposed bill now heads to the full board later this month.
The room was packed with faith leaders, survivors of domestic...
(espanol sique) SAVE THE DATE: Join us Thursday, September 5 for two actions in the fight for the “Due Process for All” Ordinance to protect immigrant communities in San Francisco.
The SF Immigrant Rights Defense Committee's proposed legislation (lead sponsor Supervisor John Avalos) would prohibit SF law enforcement from honoring ICE hold requests.
Devastation is being wrought by ICE...
Media advisory for: Thursday, July 11, 2013
As pressure grows on the House to pass immigration reform this month, unique “Living Infographic” will highlight calls for inclusive immigration process
What: With Congress just back from recess and pressure mounting on the House over immigration reform, immigrant advocates and community leaders will participate in a symbolic “obstacle course” urging California...
The East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC) joins statewide demands for Governor Brown to sign the TRUST Act
What: As part of the “UNDOCUMENTED CARAVAN TO RESTORE TRUST FOR CALIFORNIA”, the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will rally along side with LGBTQ community members outside the Mission’s newly created, landmark “Undocuqueer”
Bill Will Increase Death and Destruction in Immigrant Life through Increased Militarization of the Border
June 24, 2013
In response to the very disturbing new proposals contained in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Senate Bill S.744, Presente.org announces our opposition to the bill.
As advocates for immigrant rights, we cannot, in good conscience, lend our credibility and support to a...
Congressman Edward Roybal speaking to students gathered at Hazard Park, Los Angeles, in 1968.
LOS ANGELES, June 23 - As S.744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill continues its tortured transformation from an ostensibly well-intentioned reform concept to a punitive, national security bill, Latinos leaders are increasingly questioning the worthiness of the measure.
The internal debate is being polarized by those who...
Act Now: No More Militarization of the border, Yes to including workers!
THE NEW GANG OF 8 PLAN CALL FOR ACTION! CALL TODAY!
ACT NOW! NO TO MILITARIZATION OF THE BORDER; YES TO INCLUDING WORKERS
THE NEW GANG OF 8 PLAN IS EXCESSIVE, EXPENSIVE, AND EXTREME.
The Senate Gang of 8:
•Made a new deal Wednesday night that greatly increases border enforcement, without any increase in accountability and transparency, via more agents and more fencing. (THUNE Amendment 1197). The deal they struck calls for 20,000 MORE agents on the border and 700 miles of new fencing.
•Meanwhile, The Grassley Amendment 1299 would replace and worsen the already punitive Senate bill 744 provisions regarding gang membership disqualification bars to legalization and deportation for those with lawful status. It would create a new broad definition of criminal street gang and substantially increasing the burden of proof on a person to prove he did not know or reasonably should have known about the gang. A person would be permanently blocked from legal status and/or deported if the person falls within this new amendment.
Call 1-866-940-2439 to be connected with your Senators. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or find Senators' direct lines at www.senate.gov
Please call Boxer and Feinstein immediately. Tell them:
"My name is _____________, and I LIVE IN THE BAY AREA. I am calling to ask Senator _________ to reject the proposal that the Gang of 8 is talking about RIGHT NOW to double the number of agents in border communities and add hundreds of miles of more fencing. I am also calling the Senator to opposed the Grassley Amendment #1299 that relates to suspected gang membership because: This amendment would punish mere “membership,” and is nothing more than guilt by association."
Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553
HELP ENSURE DAY LABORERS HAVE PATH TO LEGALIZATION
Finally, Please join the following urgent action to help ensure day laborers have an avenue to legalization! The pathway to legalization and citizenship is closed to much of the day laborer community in the US because of a requirement to prove continuous employment at the 6 year and 10 year mark. The inconsistent and seasonal nature of day labor work (more work in the summer and less in the winter), means that day laborers will either be excluded from immigration reform or will have to remain with exploitative employers and in abusive working conditions for years in order to meet this requirement.
Support Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Amendment 1294 to add a Community Service component to the Senate bill's legalization program.
The bill now requires applicants to demonstrate employment history 6 years after receiving provisional status and again at 10 years. This means many immigrants will be excluded and may more will endure terrible working conditions to avoid becoming ineligible. Having a community service alternative will protect working people, encourage community engagement, and ensure an open path exists.
But we have to act fast. By the end of the day FRIDAY,
Video by Francisco Barradas
This May Day join us as we march for a Just Reform, an end to the Deportations and Justice for our communities!
May Day March, Wednesday, May 1. March with CJJC
Date: Wednesday, May 1
We will all be meeting at our CJJC offices on 2300 Mission Street #201.
We will meet at CJJC and march to join our friends at 24th Street & Mission together!
KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER
Alameda County is one step closer to Keeping Families together and restoring due process
We want to also thank the more than 200 people who took time off from their busy lives to join CJJC and ACUDIR last Tuesday at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors chamber to witness the historic vote calling for an end to holding immigrants for ICE in Alameda County. The passage of this non-binding resolution sends a clear message to the Alameda County Sheriff to change his practice and stop holding people for ICE. This is a big first step and we will continue to call on you to show up to hearings and at community meetings.
We’re have a town hall soon with Sheriff Ahern in Cherryland, with the place to be determined to continue raising our voices until we have put an end to the collaboration between ICE and Police. Will you join us?! To stay informed please rsvp to the event here____ to stay updated on the campaign follow us at on facebook, on our website, www.cjjc.org and ACUDIR website at www.acudirca.org
By Cinthya Muñoz, May 5, 2013
Over the last couple of months CJJC has joined millions of people across the country who have taken to the streets to demand a Just Immigration Reform and an End to the Deportations as a first step to get there.
Deportations are at an all time high with over two million people deported since President Obama took office, collaboration between ICE and local police continues to be challenged by localities and workers everywhere are continuing to fight to demand their rights and dignity to be respected. The fight for a Just reform has just begun.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act or S.744 while it has some promising provisions, like potential legalization of the over 12 million undocumented immigrants, it also includes some provisions that change immigration policy drastically and continue to grow the militarization of the border, internal enforcement and make more room for the ongoing violation of our rights, marginalizing our communities further.
Major points in the reform bill
--It creates a provisional immigrant status for those who entered the United States before 12/31/2011 and meet certain requirements such as: must pass a background check, have not been convicted of a serious crime, Pay taxes, Pay a $500 fine, provide evidence of having been: 1) regularly employed while meeting a requirement that he/she is not likely to become a public charge or 2) having resources to demonstrate 100% of the poverty level. Those who qualify will be able to get work authorization, travel outside the United States.
--Several grounds of immigration law that are currently punitive are not applicable or may be waived.
--Gives opportunities for those that have been ordered removed or have been deported to be included.
--A 5-year instead of 10-year provisional status for Dream Act students.
--It also creates a new W visa for agriculture workers and an expansion of u visas to immigrants who have suffered from abuses at the work place.
--At the end of ten years, RPIs may apply for adjustment of status, provided that they meet certain requirements such as pay an additional $1000 fine per adult plus application fees, learn English, pay their taxes, pass a background check and demonstrate compliance with the employment requirement. Specifically, they must show: 1) they have regularly worked in the U.S. such that they are not likely to become a public charge
ALthough there are some positives components of the current bill, there are much more negative aspects that will dramatically affect our communities. And we will need to step up our efforts to change these sections:
Some of the negative aspects are:
1. The bill eliminates the option of United State Citizens immigrating their brothers and sisters
2. Eliminates a United States Citizen parent from petitioning their child who is above the age of 31 and married.
3. Families from the LBGTIQ community are not included
4. Makes E-Verify mandatory for all employers
5. Includes 2-border security triggers that must be met before anyone may be...
Following a spirited rally this morning led by community and faith groups and passionate testimony from scores of community members, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop the constitutionally dubious practice of holding people for extra time, beyond the point they would otherwise be released, just so they can be picked up for deportation. The Board approved today's resolution by a vote of 3-1.
With immigration reform on the horizon, the continued deportation of community members who could soon be on the road to citizenship is generating increasing controversy across the nation. A broad coalition of Alameda County community, labor and faith groups, organized by the ACUDIR coalition, is calling on the County to take national leadership by enacting a policy that ends cruel and costly ICE "holds" in the county.
If implemented by the Sheriff, "This policy will uphold key values of equality and fairness, keep families together, and strengthen relationships between communities and law enforcement," said Ariana Gil Nafarrate of Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
Said Cinthya Muñoz, of Causa Justa :: Just Cause: "Today is an important one. Many people took time off work, school, and even bringing their families here to share how important this is and to encourage the passage of this resolution. It is one small step in the right direction to ensure that communities will be treated fairly."
The resolution comes in response to extended detentions of community members in local jails, which have led to more than 2,000 deportations in the county since 2010.
The deportations have shattered families and eroded trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Immigration officials often take people before they have even had their day in court, and even victims and witnesses to crimes have been swept up in deportation proceedings.
At the heart of the problem are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "holds" or "detainer" requests, frequently triggered by the controversial "Secure Communities" deportation program. Through the requests, ICE asks officials like Sheriff Ahern to hold people for extra time, at taxpayer expense, when they would otherwise be released. Throughout California, holds have led to needless prolonged detention of immigrant domestic violence victims, street vendors arrested only for selling food without a permit, and even U.S. citizens.
As California's Attorney General confirmed late last year, these controversial requests are entirely optional. In fact, Santa Clara County, and Cook County in Illinois, have already stopped responding to the constitutionally questionable requests.
"Alameda County should take immediate leadership by enacting the strongest policy possible, since every ICE hold is a lawsuit and a constitutional crisis waiting to happen," said Muñoz of Causa Justa::Just Cause.
Efforts are also underway to limit ICE holds with statewide legislation - as California's TRUST Act advances, it has been copied in several states. Advocates believe that leadership in Alameda county could advance statewide and even national efforts to curb deportations.