Passed in 2006, SB 90 required police to report people suspected to be undocumented to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the time of arrest. On April 26th, the Community and Law Enforcement Trust Act was signed into law in Colorado, repealing SB 90.
Lawfully present immigrants and U.S. citizens have been harassed by Border Patrol agents in New York State, with a disproportionate impact on people of color, according to a report by RWG member Families for Freedom. According to data collected through FOIA litigation in Rochester, New York, Border Patrol’s “show me your papers” policy and aggressive immigration enforcement tactics in the interior of the U.S.
With immigration reform discussions heating up in Congress, Colorlines.com reports on the impacts of criminalization and harsh immigration enforcement on the prison population.
A new report released this month deals a significant blow to conservative voices in Congress that are calling for toughened border security and stepped up enforcement as as the Obama Administration confirms that immigration reform
287(g) is a discriminatory immigration enforcement program that has been proven to result in racial profiling. But instead of ending the program, DHS is planning to expand the program next year to 11 new jurisdictions.
In 2010, Rights Working Group staff worked with the ACLU of North Carolina and other local RWG members and allies to compile 287(g)-related complaints and submit them to the Department of Justice. This September, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released findings following its own investigation of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
The California TRUST Act (AB 1081) will very soon be on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk after being passed by both Houses of the California Legislature. The Act addresses harms caused by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program. It directs local governments to respond to ICE’s detainer requests only if a person has been charged with a serious or violent crime.
Photo: With community members and Mayor Vincent Gray behind him, Councilmember Mendelson, who introduced the Immigration Detainter Compliance Amendment Act, denounces the Secure Communities program at a press conference on June 4th.
RWG staff and members speak about the growing connections between surveillance, national security, immigration enforcement, privacy, and civil liberties in this new video from 20KFilms, created for the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA-OIF) Privacy Revolution campaign and Choose Privacy Week in May 2012. The ALA explains: “The featured speakers ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights.
Teresa Puente, Maynard Institute: A recent proliferation of states enacting immigration legislation—some 1,400 bills were introduced in 2010—sparked a flurry of political coverage, much of it noting how politicians backing the measures risked alienating Latino voters. Yet scant attention has been placed on how such laws will impact Latino and immigrant communities, particularly the likely increase in racial and ethnic profiling.