As advocates, the program also rallies support for legislation through activities that influence decision makers and challenge conditions or trends that threaten the civil rights of immigrant communities. Examples include:
Office of Civil Rights and Civil liberties
Inadequate U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) screening practices block individuals fleeing persecution from access to the asylum process.
The Trust Act / Due Process for All Ordinance
The California Trust Act, limits the state’s cooperation with Secure Communities, a federal program that allows the Department of Homeland Security to access fingerprints taken by local police, to screen detained individuals for immigration status and to request that law enforcement agencies hold them if they’re found to be undocumented.
“Due Process for All” exempts San Francisco from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities program, a nationwide program that holds people who are arrested, even on minor charges, for potential deportation. With the passage of this ordinance, unless an individual has a prior conviction for murder, sexual assault, trafficking or assault with a deadly weapon, San Francisco authorities would be unable to keep the person in custody based solely on immigration status.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR)
As leaders at the forefront of the battle for Immigrant Justice, we support CIR through our participation in a variety of coalitions that are engaged on this front.
- CA Values Statement for Immigration Reform
- Deferred Action – A Positive Step But Not Enough
- LGBT (Uniting American Families Act) Sign on letter to Congress
- LGBT (Uniting American Families Act) sign on letter to White House