Keeping Families Together: Reforming Secure Communities and ICE Holds

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We have seen the devastating impact of local law enforcement entanglement with immigration enforcement — due process violations, racial profiling,erosion of confidence in law enforcement, the separation of families, and the deportation of community members who have built their lives in this country.  We co-led asuccessful campaignto pass the TRUST Act in California, which went into effect in January 2014 to limit the holding of immigrants for extra time in local jails for immigration enforcement. Our work directly serving immigrant community members has given us significant expertise in the failure of the status quo, and we make the following recommendations for the Secure Communities Program, the Criminal Alien Program, ICE hold requests, and U visas

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