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With TRUST Act, California Blocks Key Deportation Tool

While Congress has put comprehensive immigration reform on the back burner, California has moved to block a key federal program that deports immigrants living in the country illegally.

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Aired 10/8/13

California’s new TRUST Act law could keep up to 20,000 people from being deported each year.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the TRUST Act into law over the weekend. The law prohibits sheriff’s deputies and police officers from complying with requests from immigration authorities to keep people in jail for extra time.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests such holds when it suspects a person could be deportable — even if they’re in custody for minor crimes. The holds are ICE’s primary tool used to deport immigrants under its Secure Communities program.

But opponents of the program said it discourages immigrants from reporting crimes and runs contrary to the federal government’s stated mission to focus on deporting serious criminals.

Angela Chan, a bill supporter and senior staff attorney at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, estimates that 10,000-20,000 people might avoid deportation because of the new law.

“These are people who either do not have any criminal convictions whatsoever or are arrested on lesser offenses like traffic violations,” Chan said.

The California State Sheriffs' Association opposes the law, although sheriffs in some large counties — like Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca — have come around to supporting the bill.

A spokeswoman for San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said he wanted to talk to the department’s federal partners at ICE before commenting on the new law.

Last week, former Homeland Security Secretary and current University of California president Janet Napolitano told students she supported the TRUST Act.

California is the first state to explicitly prohibit local law enforcement from complying with ICE hold requests.

Brown signed several other bills over the weekend supported by immigration advocacy groups, including two designed to protect immigrants from fraudsters offering legal help with immigration status.

On Monday, the governor vetoed a bill that would have made legal permanent residents eligible for jury duty.

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Avatar for user 'cbretth'

cbretth | October 8, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If California and it's cities do not follow and enforce federal laws, the federal government should with hold ALL federal money until the laws are enforced!

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Cbreath, with the Federal shutdown, Federal money will be tied up as it is.

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wouldneye | October 8, 2013 at 8:33 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If California continues going down this path, there wii be no need to be a citizen, might as well renounce your citizenship. you'll still have all the rights, and you will be protected. For those of you who remember, this the same Jerry Brown the reeked havoc on California from 1975 to 1983. He didn't get the tag "Moonbeam" for nothing.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 8, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

There are so many contradictions with the anti-immigrant conservative crowd.

Advocate for free trade and free markets, but then stifle trillions in economic prosperity by making the border a walled-off war zone instead of a hub for free trade

Advocate for small government, but spend trillions on rounding people up to deport and turning the border into a militarized zone.

Claim states are wrong when they push back against draconian Federal immigration laws, yet coddle states who don't want to impliment federal healthcare reform.

It's type the anti-iimigrant types come to grips with themselves and be honest - you are in favor of HUGE government, you just want all the huge government spending and resources to be spent on border militarization, wars, and prisons instead of education, research, and domestic infrastructure.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 8, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

By the way, the anti-immigrant crowd still claims we don't need the foregin labor despite evidence to the contrary.

I heard a story yesterday on NPR about the pear industry in the Pacific Northwest suffering millions in losses as fruit withers and rots on the trees because there are not enough people willing to harvest the agriculture.

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progressivebuthey | October 8, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

non-latinos (Mexicans, specifically) who support more rights to latinos are only cutting their own throats and that of their children. seriously, wake up. Latinos only care about Latino causes and don't care about the law, order, reason or the greater good in their effort for themselves.

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Progressivebully, Latinos are as diverse as any other ethnic group. There are conservatives and liberals. Latinos have been at the forefront of the anti-Gulf War movement as well as fighting in it. Latinos have also been part of the LGBT'ers and other issues/causes.

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benz72 | October 8, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

PDSD "the pear industry in the Pacific Northwest suffering millions in losses as fruit withers and rots on the trees because there are not enough people willing to harvest the agriculture"

There are two solutions to this problem. Firstly, elimination of social benefits to persons offers a job who decline to work would encourage participation in the workforce and fill those jobs. Secondly, mechanical harvesters are becoming increasingly capable. Combine that with refusal to work at a market wage and the industry will be driven towards mechanization of the process, eliminating the job entirely.

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benz72 | October 8, 2013 at 12:20 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Prog. "non-latinos (Mexicans, specifically) who support more rights to latinos are only cutting their own throats and that of their children."

This seems oddly racist and overly broad. Surely the issue is more appropriately addressed as one of loyalty, citizenship, legal presence and linguistic and cultural assimilation rather than ancestry.

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benz72 | October 8, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

PDSD "There are so many contradictions with the anti-immigrant conservative crowd."

Please consider that the issue you are seeing may be explained in large part by the misunderstanding that there is a single "anti-immigrant conservative crowd" instead of many small collections of individuals who hold different priorities on things like border security, economic freedom, state's rights and criminal punishment. Similarly, there is no "open borders socialist crowd" who monolithically support unrestricted migration, ubiquitous wealth distribution and absolute federal control of state functions.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This is an incredibly difficult policy, especially for those want small government.

We now have California flexing muscle and outright opposing the federal government, even ignoring federal law. This decision by Gov. Brown is incredibly short-sighted and will negatively impact the already massive California debt. But it is a stiff slap in the face to the US government.

Perhaps that will set in motion a restructuring of immigration policy that will respect legal immigrants, develop an efficient temporary worker program, and enforce deportation of illegal aliens.

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

@BENZ, no Duckster is right. Consider the US Chamber of Commerce, which is not only pro-immigrant but sympathetic to the undocumented worker from a realistic, reasoned, and practical socio-economic point of view:

PDF]Immigration Myths and the Facts - US Chamber of Commercewww.uschamber.com/sites/default/.../14484immigrationmythfacts.pdf‎Cachd
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will continue to work for common-sense comprehensive ..... Myths and Reality,” Urban Institute and Migration Policy. Institute ...

Consider also that Conservatives like AM Talk Tadio's Hugh Hewitt, though in the minority, is very much sympathetic to the plight of the undocumented worker.

And finally take a look at the governor himself, he signs one bill which is decidedly pro-immigrant but vetoes another--which wasn't even written by a Latino legislator.

So no, the typical black and white blocs do not apply. The issue is more complex than that, much to the dismay of many Nativist UT posters whining about the "libs."

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benz72 | October 8, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

MA, I'm trying to understand what you are posting and linking to, but your message seems garbled. I'm also not sure what link you think sympathy has to reason as your explanation does not make it clear.
In general, all issues are more complex than can be addressed completely in a comment on a news article. What specifically are you trying to say?

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CaliforniaDefender | October 8, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The one thing I can't figure out is why Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on a jury, but signed a bill allowing illegal aliens to get law licenses and practice in California.

Makes zero sense to me.

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JeanMarc | October 8, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Why do illegal aliens get amnesty? They are here illegally, the broke the law to come here. Anyone else who overstays a visa will be deported and banned from returning to this country for 10 years. Why do people who sneak in here from Mexico get a free pass?

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

BENZZZ, not "garbled" at all. Mmmaybe dyslexia or extreme denial. Here is the link again from the US Chamber of Commerce:

Immigration Myths and Facts | U.S. Chamber of Commerce
www.uschamber.com/reports/immigration-myths-and-facts‎
Immigration Myths and Facts. Despite the numerous studies and carefully detailed statistical reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, there is a great ...
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Immigration Myths and the Facts - US Chamber of Commerce
www.uschamber.com/.../immigration/.../14484immigrationmythfacts.pdf‎
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. IMMIGRATION MYTHS AND THE FACTS BEHIND THE FALLACIES. Dear Reader,. There is a great deal of misinformation .

And reread the bit about Hugh Hewitt.

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

John Mark, they are not getting amnesty.

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DeLaRick | October 9, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

You very rarely get a truly bicultural perspective on this subject. It's difficult for non-Latinos to comprehend the deep cultural ties between Americans of Latino descent and their relatives, friends and business partners in Latin American countries. (Going to Mexico "once or twice" or "having some Mexican friends" doesn't automatically put you into that category.) Complete lack of empathy on their part for illegal immigrants would be a psychological defect. On the other hand, laws must be enforced. A workable solution is out there. Bigotry and ignorance don't help.

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DeLaRick | October 9, 2013 at 6:37 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I should add that there are lots of non-Latinos who understand Latino culture and ancestral ties by virtue of their extensive experience with Latinos or travel abroad.

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benz72 | October 9, 2013 at 7:07 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

MA, your first link points to a number of reports, none of which, by their titles at least, appear to address immigration and the second link fails to load as invalid. You could simply state the point you are attempting to make directly.
Also, your Z key seems to be stuck.

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JeanMarc | October 9, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

They are not being punished for their crime of illegally entering the country, and illegally residing in this country. Anyone else in the same situation would be deported and banned from entering. But if you are from mexico, you get a magical pass to be a criminal with no punishment.

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Missionaccomplished | October 10, 2013 at 11:33 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Forget the link, just Google US Chamber of Commerce, Immigration Myths & Facts, Benzzz.

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