From our advocates at CHIRLA:
“On Sunday, March 25th a coalition of organizations in L.A. (CARECEN, CHIRLA, COFEM, Hermandad Mexicana) organized an Immigrant Rights Forum in commemoration of the historic mega march in 2006. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event and over 4,000 letters were collected for Senator Feinstein demanding CIR. The key messages of the Forum were: Stop the Raids, Immigration Reform for All and Healthcare for all Californians. There was a star-studded line-up including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, Assembly Majority Leader, Karen Bass, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and last but not least, Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois.
Highlights included CHIRLA’s Know Your Rights DVD which really got the audience pumped. Also, Maria Jacinto, a community leader, approached Rep. Gutierrez on the side and said “thank you for introducing the bill, but your bill is not the kind of legalization I need. Maybe it’s good enough for you, but it’s not enough for our community.”
Gutierrez responded that he wanted the community to understand that he introduced the bill in order to get movement going so the debate wouldn’t die. There were also families who did not enter the event, but they wanted to make sure that they brought their letter along...
march 21 – Loitering bill out
Suffolk lawmakers defeat measure that would have hindered immigrant laborers gathering on streets
BY JAMES T. MADORE firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk lawmakers last night defeated a controversial anti-loitering bill aimed at immigrant day laborers who congregate along county roads to solicit work from passing motorists.
The 10-6 vote, with one abstention, came after hours of charged rhetoric from immigrant rights groups, civil libertarians, ministers and residents of Farmingville and other affected communities.
Read more: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/ny-lisuff215138558
Congratulations! to all the folks who worked on this including the New York Immigration Coalition as well as the local Gamaliel Foundation Affiliate: LION!
Today, advocates in New York City celebrate a new immigration law coming into effect, which will protect thousands of immigrant New Yorkers from being transferred into federal deportation proceedings.
As of today, New York City will no longer hand over its residents to federal immigration authorities if they meet certain criteria: they have not been convicted of a crime; they have no criminal cases, criminal warrants, or outstanding deportation warrants or orders pending against them; and they are not listed on federal gang and terrorism databases. In other words, New York City will not hand over immigrants to ICE who are found not guilty, have their charges dropped, or obtain a non-criminal outcome (such as a violation or “youthful offender” conviction) in their case.
The new law, Local Law 2011/62, was introduced by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito last summer with the support of Make the Road New York, the New Sanctuary Coalition, and a coalition of advocacy groups. It was signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on November 22. The City’s Department of Corrections, which administers the local jails, spent the last four months working with immigration advocacy groups to ensure proper implementation.
With today’s news, New York City joins other localities such...