Crime & Justice

Immigration advocacy groups call on Sheriff Baca to curb enforcement of Secure Communities

Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, urges Sheriff Lee Baca to support the TRUST Act, which would protect illegal immigrants from deportation.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Day laborer Mariano Hernández says he was targeted and ticketed among a crowd of jaywalkers because he's Latino.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jennie Pasquarella of the American Civil Liberties Union speaks in support of the TRUST Act.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Political activist Carlos Montes, a founder of the Southern California Immigration Coalition, speaks in front of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, where he was recently held after a raid on his home.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Protestors gathered with signs and banners outside of the county prison.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pedro Trujillo of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles addresses the crowd of protestors in front of the Twin Towers Correction Facility.
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Protestors gathered outside of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign in L.A., which urges Sheriff Lee Baca to end collaborations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A tearful Isaura García, 21, says police discriminated against her as a Spanish-speaker after she reported a domestic violence incident and subsequently faced deportation.
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Activists against Arizona’s immigration law want Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to support the TRUST Act, a bill that would curb police enforcement of immigration law in California.

The California Assembly plans to take up the TRUST Act again next month. It would require local law enforcement to release arrestees after they post bond, as long as their record contain no serious prior convictions.

The bill would keep undocumented immigrants like Isaura Garcia, a 21 year-old victim of domestic violence, from ending up in deportation proceedings. Last year, authorities took Garcia into custody for calling 911 and let her abusive boyfriend go. Today, she says, she doesn’t trust the police.

“When other immigrants ask me, ‘Should I report that crime? Should I call the cops?' I really don’t know what to tell them," Garcia said in Spanish. "I’d be scared of getting deported, like what almost happened to me.”

The ACLU of Southern California and Sheriff Baca recently commissioned a report that indicated L.A. County holds 2,100 people every day in county jails on immigration hold. Most have no serious criminal backgrounds.

Sheriff Baca has said he doesn’t believe the TRUST Act would fix this trend.