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Activists Urge Counties To Comply With TRUST Act

Credit: Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Martin Del Agua and his family outside the Sacramento Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Immigrant rights activists are calling on sheriff’s departments throughout California to comply with the state’s TRUST Act.

California’s TRUST Act has been in place since the beginning of the year. Immigrant rights activists say the law is working, but there are still gaps in compliance.

Martin Del Agua, a married father of two, was arrested earlier this year in Sacramento after a neighbor complained he was playing his music too loud. Del Agua was detained on an immigration hold by the Sheriff’s Department and was facing deportation.

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Immigrant advocates say stories like his are why counties must still be reminded about the California TRUST Act, which says undocumented immigrants may not be held for deportation if they’ve only been arrested for minor crimes. Attorney Angela Chan says the law has lead to fewer deportations.

“I would say that overall, most counties are following the TRUST Act," she says. "So, there is significantly a good, positive impact in stopping deportation in California. And California had it really hard.”

Chan says before the law, California led the country in deportations. And she expects counties that aren’t operating under the TRUST Act will start complying soon.

“I think that they have no choice but to fall in line," she says. "And I think that there’s a strong community presence that will really push them to fall in line. And also there’s the fact that, under the law, ICE holds can be regulated.”

Chan says 20 out of California’s 58 counties, including San Diego, are no longer responding to any hold requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Del Agua got lucky, his case drew the attention of a local attorney before immigration officials could pick him up. He was released from jail and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has since developed a TRUST Act policy.

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Avatar for user 'progressivebuthey'

progressivebuthey | June 12, 2014 at 8:19 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

just from a logical point of view (forget politics or emotions), how can you demand the exercise of the law to protect you when you've broken the law to even be here to have that protection?

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JeanMarc | June 12, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

progressive you actually said something I agree with. Right, exactly. These people are breaking the law, they entered this country illegally and they do not belong here. If they want to come here they can do it by legal means, just like everyone else in the world who wishes to move to another country.

The TRUST act is kind of like this. If I am driving around with a pound of marijuana on my passenger seat and I get pulled over for a broken tail light, the police can only give me a ticket for the tail light but they cannot enforce the other laws I am breaking.

Why can't the police enforce the law? Why do illegal aliens get an exclusion from this one law? It doesn't make any sense.

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Missionaccomplished | June 12, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago


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Missionaccomplished | June 12, 2014 at 9:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

See John Markkk, they must have "noise pollution" laws in Excremente. So when the Noise Cops came, they arrested him for being "too loud." Now, being too loud, that ranks right up theie with murder, child molestation, rape, terrorism and armed robbery, no?

If Sin Diego had a "noise pollution" law, John Markkk, you'd be arrested for playing your Prussian Blue CD's too loud!

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JeanMarc | June 12, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Ok Mission, if the cops come to my house for a noise complaint and notice that I am also committing another crime, will the likewise ignore any other crime I am committing? Or are illegal aliens the only ones who get special exclusions from laws?

Your Soviet Anthem youtube clip is playing too loud.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 12, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago


There are two types of illegal aliens:

Civil is one who entered legally with a tourist or work visa and overstayed.

Criminal is one who entered illegally with no original permission.

The vast majority of illegal aliens are criminals.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 12, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

I urge all citizens to report suspected illegal aliens to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement:



Sacramento has failed us once again. Thus, we citizens must take it upon ourselves to PROTECT CALIFORNIA AND AMERICA!

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JeanMarc | June 12, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you CaliforniaDefender - We must be diligent sentinels for our great nation

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 12, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

CADef, what, exactly, constitutes suspicion?

Brown skin?

Speaking Spanish?

What you are advocating is terrible - it amounts to profiling and there are many LEGAL AMERICANS who fit these descriptions.

If you "suspicion" is based on something other than physical appearance and language, please do tell us what that would be

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JeanMarc | June 12, 2014 at 3:38 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Peking - how about a guy who does not speak any english, and is working in a restaurant kitchen or picking tomatoes? I think there is a pretty good chance they are here illegally.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 12, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Jean, who cares.

First off, he could be illegal or he could be a citizen, you shouldn't assume anything.

Second, if he's working serving your food or picking your agriculture, why do you care so much what his "legal" status is?

He is working hard to deliver goods and services to our economy while a lot of American citizens are sitting on welfare.

I don't understand why you would have such a problem with a worker simply because they don't speak English!?

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CaliforniaDefender | June 13, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago


1 in 10 workers are illegal in California.

About 200,000 in San Diego alone which is absolutely shocking.

Do you think it takes much to identify a suspected illegal alien? Just use common sense. It is more than just physical appearance and language.

A group of people sitting outside Home Depot for no apparent reason, your neighbor bragging about hiring cheap labor, an employer paying people in cash, a large group living in a 1 bedroom apartment, etc.

Some even tell you they're "undocumented" as if it is a badge of pride. Watch for them at protests/political events. College students should watch for AB 540 students. If they say they are, report them immediately!

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CaliforniaDefender | June 13, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago


Also, they are not helping our economy but heavily damaging it.

Illegal labor (modern slave labor) reduces jobs and lowers wages for legal workers, drains money out of our economy, increases wealth disparity, depletes social services, lowers tax revenue, increases crime, fills jails, crowds hospitals, develops ghettos, and many other negative effects.

Not to mention it is incredibly dangerous and inhumane for illegal aliens themselves!

Have you no compassion for these poor people? Or do you just want a slave to clean your toilet and mow your lawn while you eat cheap tomatoes?

Illegal immigration hurts everyone!

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DonHonda | June 14, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

The LA Times posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the "high" deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President's policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don't have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xkzioeHR

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