California Has a Chance To Set The Example. Will Gov. Brown Sign the Trust Act?


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California is on the verge of passing legislation that would put a dent in record breaking deportations numbers. Time ripe to apply the pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown. 

### via Latin Times

Assembly Bill 4, or the Trust Act, is sitting on California Governor Jerry Brown's desk.  The clock is ticking on whether the governor will decide to put his signature to a law which would put the damper on federal immigration agents' ability to track and quickly place under custody arrestees who might be deportable.  Immigrant advocates call it an important strike back against the Obama administration's Secure Communities program, which was intended to boost cooperation between local police agencies and federal immigration authorities and which those advocates say has led to a surge in deportations of people who committed no serious offenses.

Since Secure Communities was launched, after jails in California send arrestees' fingerprints to the FBI to be run against the feds' database, the FBI sends that information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for that agency to run against their own databases.  If the ICE turns up somebody they think may be deportable, they can send an "immigration detainer" to the jail asking it to hold the individual in custody even if they've become otherwise eligible for release.  The ICE then has forty-eight hours to send an agent to that jail to interview the individual and, if it deems necessary, place them in federal custody.  The Trust Act would require jails to ignore those detainers, meaning if the detainee had met all the other requirements for release, the jail would have to let them go - unless that person had previously been convicted of certain serious crimes.


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