Three local actions lead today’s news: California’s sanctuary legislation, Clarkston’s welcome to refugees, and Denver’s prosecution strategy.
The California Legislature Is About to Kick Immigration Agents Out of San Diego Jails (Voice of San Diego, 5/23/17) Senate Bill 54, the sanctuary state bill, would force the ICE agents out of San Diego jails. The bill has passed the state Senate and is awaiting action in the Assembly.
“Right now, 18 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents work inside three jails in San Diego County, providing the federal government access to people arrested in San Diego 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It’s been that way for 10 years and a version of the arrangement goes back to 1998.”
This small town in America’s Deep South welcomes 1,500 refugees a year (The Guardian, 5/24/17)
“How does this happen? How does a dusty, working-class city in the south not only manage to house 1,500 refugees per year, but make their welcome integral to the town’s sense of identity?
“It turns out the story of Clarkston is not just about who is being welcomed: it’s also a story about who is doing the welcoming.”
Denver approves local sentencing changes aimed at helping immigrants avoid deportation (Denver Post,5/22/17)
“Denver’s bid to reform low-level city court sentences by lessening some maximum penalties in a way that could help immigrants avoid deportation won approval Monday night from the City Council.”
And in other news
DHS: More than 600K overstayed visas in 2016 (The Hill,5/23/17) That’s consistent with long-time estimates that about 40 percent of the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants overstayed their visas.
Trump’s Immigration Pick Attacked Obama Programs in Ghost-Written Senate Letters (Pro Publica, 5/23/17)
“From 2015 until earlier this year, [Lee Francis] Cissna worked for Grassley on immigration issues, having been detailed to his staff by Homeland Security. During that time, he remained on the agency’s payroll.
“While there, he drafted dozens of letters under the senator’s name to Homeland Security officials, helping Grassley, an Iowa Republican, to intensify his oversight of immigration and creating a blueprint for dismantling President Obama’s initiatives, according to a dozen current and former agency and congressional staff members.”
Utah mother detained by immigration officials gains temporary stay (Salt Lake Tribune, 5/4/17, updated 5/222/17) The 31-year-old mother of three came to this country as a seven-year-old and has never known another home. She has no criminal record, but on April 28 was swept up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Friday in the parking lot of a retail shop as her 8-year-old daughter watched.