And now from California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon
STATEMENT: California Senate Leader Responds to New Information from ICE
Friday, February 10, 2017
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to new information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement about raids they conducted across California this week:
“I appreciate that ICE finally disclosed details about their recent raids, but stunned to learn that ICE’s public comments made yesterday were blatantly false. When news first broke of raids happening across Southern California yesterday, ICE told the media that reports of 100 immigrants being arrested were ‘grossly exaggerated’ yet today they admit they arrested 160 people.
“ICE also told numerous media outlets that yesterday was a “routine” day which it most clearly was not. And they have yet to disclose the exact crimes each person was convicted of to support their arrests.
“The disconnect between what was coming out of the ICE Regional Office yesterday and what was publicly disclosed today is deeply troubling and needs to be fully explained by the Trump Administration.
“I find it particularly galling that after misleading the media yesterday, ICE would today lecture the public about the dangers of ‘false reporting.’ If ICE is looking for the culprit to yesterday’s panic they need only look in the mirror.
“Let me be clear, we want to work together to get violent felons out of our neighborhoods; however, we remain deeply concerned with the new Administration’s recent decision to prioritize nearly every undocumented resident in California for deportation, and their apparent inability to accurately inform the public of their operations in a timely manner.
“If you want to ensure ongoing safety of the public and law enforcement personnel, my recommendation is to drop the mass deportation threats roiling our communities and instead focus strictly on dangerous felons.”
This is the statement from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Update: Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez has passed this number.
ALERTA: Si usted o un familiar ha sido detenido por ICE por favor contácte a CHIRLA 1-888-624-4752.
(Feb 10, 2017) We have news that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have stepped enforcement, as orders by the Executive Order of Jan 25, 2017. This order, titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” has several important aspects to it. All worry immigrant rights advocates.
While most people are familiar with the sanctuary cities section of the order, which will defund those jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal officials, most are not familiar with the enhanced enforcement. We are quoting the enforcement priorities of the order.
Sec. 5. Enforcement Priorities. In executing faithfully the immigration laws of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) shall prioritize for removal those aliens described by the Congress in sections 212(a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(6)(C), 235, and 237(a)(2) and (4) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(6)(C), 1225, and 1227(a)(2) and (4)), as well as removable aliens who:
(a) Have been convicted of any criminal offense;
(b) Have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved;
(c) Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
(d) Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency;
(e) Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
(f) Are subject to a final order of removal, but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
(g) In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.
This is what we are seeing. Reportedly ICE is working from the final order of removal lists, which, in many cases, were very low priority for removal during the Barak Obama administration. This has created panic in immigrant communities. Also a question, what are the rights immigrants have?
The American Friends Committee has a booklet, in both English and Spanish. We are linking to the American Friends Committee website.
We are also embedding an image with information via the American Civil Liberties Union.
Moreover, the Mexican government has issued a warning to Mexican citizens in the United States. According to the foreign office:
The foreign Office (SRE) informs Mexican citizens that the consulates of Mexico in the United States have intensified the work to protect Mexican nationals due to the hardening of immigration policies by the United States government. This is due to the possible violations of constitutional precepts during operations, or lack of due process.
La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) informa que los Consulados Generales de México en los Estados Unidos de América han intensificado su trabajo de protección a connacionales previendo el endurecimiento de las medidas migratorias por parte de las autoridades de ese país, así como posibles violaciones a preceptos constitucionales en operativos o faltas al debido proceso.
They also recommend that Mexican citizens find the nearest consulate, They also have a phone to assist people with legal questions.
We also now know that there have been about 160 arrests in Southern California. This is a multiday operation.
Added links to know your rights ACLU material, in four different languagaes.