LA WEEKLY: Director Duncan Roy casts a courtly image of a baronial figure as he sits in his home atop Las Flores Canyon, a modernist, Bohemian hideaway with a jaw-dropping view of the Pacific. His surroundings project an image of California’s creative … Continue reading
Detain first, investigate later — that is Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) mantra when it comes to its Secure Communities (“S-Comm”) program, a program designed to immediately ensnare any immigrant in the deportation pipeline the moment they come into contact … Continue reading
A coalition of civil rights groups today offered evidence that United States citizens have been illegally detained, sometimes for many days, due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “holds” placed on them after these men and women were erroneously flagged … Continue reading
NEW YORK TIMES: A growing number of United States citizens have been detained under Obama administration programs intended to detect illegal immigrants who are arrested by local police officers. In a spate of recent cases across the country, American citizens have … Continue reading
Good morning. I want to thank the ACLU of Southern California, CHIRLA, NILC, MALDEF and the National Day Laborers Organizing Network for holding this press conference today to highlight the serious problems the Secure Communities program is having on Los … Continue reading
The ACLU has released Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration, an in-depth examination of the private prison industry.The report finds that mass incarceration provides a gigantic windfall for one special interest group – the private prison industry … Continue reading
We warned you that the federal government had gotten into the snake-oil business with Secure Communities (S-Comm). Turns out that the actual purpose of S-Comm was just part of the story. The federal government also misled state and local governments, … Continue reading
The ACLU of Southern California is calling for an end to Secure Communities (S-Comm), a federal immigration enforcement program that threatens public safety, undermines civil liberties and leads to deportation of people with minor offenses and no criminal convictions at … Continue reading
Today’s LA Times editorial points out the destructive effects of the “Secure Communities” program on our civil rights and on public safety. “…the program’s staggering failure to prioritize deportation efforts may actually result in more harm than good. Law enforcement officials in San Francisco, … Continue reading
Administration’s acknowledgement of severe S-Comm flaws highlights need for Moratorium and TRUST Act In response to mounting criticism, the Department of Homeland Security announced today changes to the misnamed “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) deportation program. While the Administration’s announcement acknowledges grave … Continue reading
Tell the LA County Board of Supervisors to support the Austin reforms and close Men’s Central Jail.
Because freedom can't protect itself.