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Reducing Immigration Detention

February 28, 2013

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officials announced this week that it has released “several hundred” immigrants from jails across the country in an effort to cut costs in anticipation of sequestration. ICE officials emphasized that those who were released are considered low-risk and “noncriminal” and that they have been “placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective […]

CA Attorney General Harris Announcement Affirms Urgent Need for TRUST Act

December 5, 2012

  San Francisco, CA – December, 04, 2012 This afternoon Attorney General Harris issued a bulletin that clarified that ICE hold requests are voluntary in nature and local law enforcement have full discretion to reject submission to them. The announcement comes one day after the reintroduction of the TRUST Act (now AB4). The TRUST Act has received […]

Ensuring A Representative Democracy Through Measure B

November 18, 2012

Why voting YES on Measure B’s district elections is good for everyone. By Hyeon-Ju Rho, Executive Director In a county as large and diverse as San Mateo, many voices are unheard in the current at-large system, and it is time to change that by voting YES on Measure B. San Mateo County is one of the […]

Reform the Worst Part of Three Strikes

October 25, 2012

By Angela Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program, Asian Law Caucus This November, California voters have an opportunity to reform California’s 18-year-old “three-strikes” law through voting in support of Proposition 36.  Our three strikes law, which is the toughest in the country, allows courts to sentence individuals to 25 years to life in […]

Vote, Because I Can’t

October 17, 2012

By Ju Hong, member of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) “Did you register to vote?” a female student greeted me with a big smile as I walked through the center of Sproul Hall on campus. “No,” I quickly responded as I smiled back. “Would you like to register?” she said. “It takes […]

Consensus for California TRUST Act Builds As Basis of Sheriff Baca’s Opposition Proven False

September 13, 2012

Congressional leaders Endorse Bill that Would Set California Apart from Arizona-Style Enforcement Today, 22 members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) and Zoe Lofgren (D – San Jose), Ranking Member of the House’s immigration subcommittee, announced their support for the TRUST Act (AB 1081) in a letter to Governor Brown […]

CA Assembly sends TRUST Act to Governor

August 24, 2012

Sacramento – The California Assembly passed AB 1081, the TRUST Act, 48-26 on concurrence today, sending the measure to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has until September 30 to sign the bill. “This is a bill that speaks to humanity,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the bill’s author. “It prevents unjust treatment of productive […]

California Senate approves “Anti-Arizona” TRUST Act

July 5, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Senate approved AB 1081 (Ammiano), California’s TRUST Act, by a vote of 21-13. Floor manager Senator Kevin de Leόn (D – Los Angeles) presented the bill on the Senate floor. The TRUST Act would create a national model to counter the racial profiling inherent in the one section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant […]

Close To 1 Million Dreams Protected, 10.5 Million Dreams To Go

June 19, 2012

By Ju Hong, member of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) Although I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Political Science, I am unable to use my degree to work because I am undocumented. Not only did I face a difficult time to finding ways to work, I also faced […]

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