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For this article, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center interviewed defenders from four counties in California. Each with a different model. The models include having a full-time or a part-time in-house immigration specialist; contracting with an outside organization; having an in-house specialist supported by a contract; and having a full-time in-house specialist who also provides deportation defense. The defenders discuss the elements of these models, how they are funded, what the day-to-day work is like, and advice they would give to others starting such a program.
The attached Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution language was developed for K-12 school districts that are contemplating adopting protections for their immigrant students. We recommend that any resolution contain language to address these critical issues: Limiting the sharing of student and family information with federal immigration Authorities, Restricting immigration agents' access to campuses, Prohibiting campus security from collaborating with federal immigration authorities, Providing resources and information for immigrant students and their families. The model resolution provides sample language for these issues. We encourage you to use this language as a template and to adopt as many pieces to fit the needs of your school district. We also encourage you to add additional points beyond what is in this resolution and to share your creative and innovative ideas with us.
City executive order ensuring city benefits and services are available without regard to immigration status.
One of the paradoxes at the center of the struggle for immigrant rights in the United States is that while immigration law and policy is made at the national level, most of the impacts of those laws occur at the local level. Politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, DC, negotiate and renegotiate a statutory framework that includes some and excludes others, and design and redesign a police apparatus to enforce the framework. Meanwhile, in towns and cities across the country, immigrants and the neighborhoods they are part of experience firsthand the difficult realities of trying to live, work, take care of a family, and participate in community within a set of legal structures that do not always protect their basic rights and freedoms.
Culver City Police Policy of Responding to ICE Detainer Requests specifically stipulates they city won't honor hold requests or give ICE notification of release dates.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (VTVPA) passed with bipartisan support in 2000. The VTVPA created the U Visa, a nonimmigrant visa for victims of certain crimes who have been, or are likely to be, helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of a crime. The purpose of this is two-fold. First, it enhances law enforcement's ability to investigate and prosecute crimes. Second, it furthers humanitarian interests by protecting victims of serious crimes.
King County Superior Court Policy on No Courtroom Arrests Based on Immigration Status
Stanta Cruz County Sheriff's Office executive order ending ICE detainer requests follow federal Oregon ruling.
ILRC guide to responding to ICE's Criminal Alien Program (CAP). When ICE is in the jail already, they don't need a detainer or notification of release.
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced the "end" of the much reviled Secure Communities (SComm) program. In its place, DHS created the "Priority Enforcement Program" or PEP. PEP works exactly the same way as Secure Communities. It tracks fingerprints and helps ICE agents issue detainers and retrieve people from local jails. This advisory explains the PEP forms and operations.