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September 2012 News Releases and Statements

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September 30, 2012
Governor of California Fails to Enact Sound, Inclusive Policy

Governor Jerry Brown ended California’s legislative session by vetoing two major bills designed to improve public safety and guarantee basic labor protections for domestic workers. The TRUST Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom Ammiano, would have restored public trust in law enforcement by ensuring that immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety do not fear that they will be placed in federal deportation proceedings as a result of an encounter with the local police. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, also sponsored by Ammiano, would have made California the second state in the United States to codify the basic labor rights of domestic workers, a population long excluded from basic labor regulations.

Read the news release here.


September 14, 2012
Appeals Court Asked to Block Show-Me-Your-Papers Provision of Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

A coalition of civil rights groups has appealed a federal district court decision that would allow the most notorious portion of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law to go into effect. The appeal, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was filed eight days after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton denied a request to block the “show-me-your-papers” provision of the Arizona law, SB 1070, from going into effect later this month. The coalition asked the Ninth Circuit to suspend the provision for the duration of its appeal.

Read the news release here.


September 14, 2012
First Approvals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Granted

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released more information about the number of people who have applied for, and received, deferred action under the newly created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program, which was launched on August 15, provides work authorization and relief from deportation to immigrant youth who arrived in the United States as children and are advancing their education. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Read the news release here.


September 5, 2012
Federal Court Blocks Part of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law; Allows “Show Me Your Papers” Provision to Stand

A federal district court has blocked a provision in Arizona’s anti-immigrant law that aimed to criminalize friends and family members who engage in everyday activities with undocumented immigrants, but the court failed to block section 2(B) of SB 1070, which forces police officers to demand “papers” of those they believe are in the country unlawfully. Civil rights groups challenging SB 1070 contend that section 2(B) encourages racial profiling, mandates illegal detention, and betrays American values.

Read the news release here.