Monday, September 18, 2017

California Legislature passes "Almost" Sanctuary bill

California Legislature passes “Almost” Sanctuary State Bill

Kevin de Leon

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced SB54 shortly after Trump's election to cut off most interactions between federal immigration agents and local police and sheriff's officers. Following sharp dissent from law enforcement officials and Brown's intervention, it was scaled back significantly.
The final version prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person's immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts. It also prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.

Several of the compromises were criticized by immigrants’ rights activists.

Nancy Pelosi Press Conference Derailed by Dreamer Protesters in San Fran...

SAN FRANCISCO — Protesters shouted down House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, on Monday morning, denouncing her for negotiating with President Donald Trump as she tried to hold a news conference advocating for the Dream Act.
About 40 young protesters, including undocumented immigrants, surrounded her as she started an event at College Track, an education nonprofit in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, shouting at the top of their lungs for 30 minutes straight.
The protesters harangued Pelosi for using Dreamers as “bargaining chips” in negotiations with Trump, and for being “complicit” with stepped-up deportations under the eight years of the Obama administration.
“You met with Trump and you call that resistance?” they chanted. “This is what resistance looks like!”
In recent weeks, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have held several meetings with Trump, and last week announced that they were making progress toward a deal that would involve passing the Dream Act — which would protect young undocumented people brought to the U.S. illegally as children — in exchange for some border security measures.
Many of the protesters said they opposed that deal, and others said that they opposed the Dream Act because it didn’t cover enough undocumented immigrants. The bill would essentially replace provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by Obama.
Pelosi, who looked on uncomfortably from the middle of the protest, tried several times to talk with the demonstrators, telling them, “I totally agree with you.” But she barely got a few words in as they continued their call-and-response chanting

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When DACA Ends

Community Advisory | Sept 13, 2017
I. Initial and Renewal Applications 
On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. This means that, as of September 5, 2017: 
• USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017. 
• USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications. 
• USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed. 
• USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. DACA recipients whose DACA has already expired are no longer eligible to renew. 
• USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017. 

IMPORTANT: Individuals with a current, unexpired grant of DACA will continue to hold DACA until it expires. This means that current DACA recipients maintain their protection from deportation and work permit until their current expiration date. USCIS will not refer DACA recipients and applicants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation unless they meet USCIS’ Notice to Appear guidance or post a risk to national security or public safety. Applicants with currently pending and processing applications should attend biometrics appointments and respond to any requests for additional evidence they receive from USCIS. 

Silence Is Complicity - Jorge Ramos

Silence Is Complicity - Jorge Ramos

David Bacon to Speak at Sac State Today


as a part of the Farm to Fork celebration.  Sept  13. 

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. . . They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

-Donald Trump, June 16, 2015

In the Fields of the North/ En Los Campos del Norte by David Bacon
Univerity of California Press, 2017
Reviewed by Duane Campbell

We are not animals. We are human beings.”

In an impressive and important new book, David Bacon effectively counters the racism and xenophobia advanced by our current president and promoted in right-wing media by providing hundreds of photos and clear descriptions of the real life and work of the immigrants harvesting the food we eat.  

Bacon does so by interviewing farmworkers and photographing farmworkers in their “housing” and in their work. He reports and records the humanity of the thousands of people who come north to harvest our crops and to feed their families as best they can.

Photojournalist David Bacon has a long history of documenting the lives of immigrant people, including the important books:, Illegal People: How Globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants. (2008) and The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration (Beacon Press, 2013), as well as a long list of journal articles.

In The Fields of the North, Bacon uses his extensive and award-winning photography to tell more of the story. This is not just a book with some photos, but rather a series of extended photo essays (with over 300 photos)  showing that images and words have a combined power far beyond either words or images by themselves. Bacon tells the story of cycles of exploitation and poverty suffered by tens of thousands moving from season to season, working in the fields to harvest our food for subminimum wages, and facing the racism and political power of growers and their labor contractors.

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Will Sue Trump in Support of DACA

LOS ÁNGELES, California.- California demandó este lunes al gobierno del presidente Donald Trump por la decisión de poner fin en seis meses la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), programa que protege temporalmente de la deportación a unos 800,000 jóvenes indocumentados beneficiarios.
La demanda presentada por el fiscal estatal, Xavier Becerra, tiene argumentos similares a la acción legal presentada la semana pasada por 15 estados y Washington DC: señala que el gobierno viola la Constitución y otras leyes al rescindir DACA.
A California se le unieron, en impugnaciones por separado, los estados de Maryland, Maine y Minnesota.
Becerra había advertido que California presentaría su propia demanda porque más de 200,000 beneficiados por el DACA viven en el estado y sería el más afectado con su cancelación.

California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, saying it would be especially hard hit because it has more of the immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by parents or by parents who overstayed visas than any other U.S. state.

The lawsuit's legal arguments largely mirror those already filed in a lawsuit last week by 15 other states and the District of Columbia. Attorney generals for the states of Maine, Maryland and Minnesota joined California's lawsuit.



Thursday, September 07, 2017

Pass SB 54: Call Governor Brown today

Californians from across the state are rallying at the State Capitol to pass the California Values Act (SB 54).

Under the California Values Act, no state and local resources will be used for immigration enforcement, and schools, hospitals, and courthouses will remain safe spaces for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

California is poised to lead the nation in protecting our families and communities. But the California Sheriffs Association is placing enormous pressure on Governor Brown and the state legislature to kill it. We need to be loud and unified to pass SB 54. Will you add your voice to the those rallying in Sacramento by making a call today?

Call Governor Jerry Brown or your Assembly member at 1-844-336-0046. This number will lead you to high priority Assembly members or Gov. Brown, depending on your zip code.