This page features information and materials on CIPC legislative priorities for 2013.
AB 4 - TRUST Act
The TRUST Act addresses the harmful impact of California's participation in the federal government's controversial "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) deportation program, which has led to the deportation of over 98,000 people in California. The bill provides essential safeguards to address serious concerns raised by the program's detrimental effects on public safety, community policing and civil liberties.
The TRUST Act limits cruel and costly requests from immigration authorities to detain people in local jails for extra time, and local expense, just for deprotation purposes. Community members with low-level offenses such as "straight" misdemeanors, or who only have immigration violations which result from a deeply broken system, would not be held for extra time. The bill also restores vital due process protections by requiring a probable cause determination by judge or a conviction prior to prolonged detention in a local jail purely for immigration purposes.The TRUST Act creates a minimum standard for the state.
AB 4 is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by CIPC, Asian Law Caucus, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, ACLU of CA, and MALDEF.
Individual supporters: please visit this website to submit your personal support!
AB 1195 - ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS FOR CRIME VICTIMS
There have been reports that in some areas, local law enforcement is refusing to let survivors of crime access their crime report due to immigration status. Crime victims are being denied access to their records on the grounds that a Matricular Consular card or foreign passport are not appropriate forms of identification. A crime report could allow a victim to obtain restraining orders and apply for essential services, as well as permit certain immigrants to apply for a U or T visa.
AB 1195 will remedy this problem by prohibiting state or local law enforcement agency from denying a victim of crime their crime report due to their immigration status. AB 1195 would authorize law enforcement to accept various forms of identification, such as Matricula Consular cards and foreign passports, for survivors to access their crime reports.
AB 1195 is authored by Assemblymember Susan Eggman and sponsored by CIPC and El Concilio.
AB 1195 Fact Sheet
AB 1195 Sample Letter of Support
If you have stories of survivors of crime being denied their records, please contact Kristine Chong at firstname.lastname@example.org