ABOUT

CIPC is committed to working with immigrant communities across California to fight to keep families together, uphold civil rights protections, and rebuild confidence between local communities and local law enforcement. Through our work with various coalitions and community partners across the state, we seek to disentangle local law enforcement from a federal deportation system that is completely devoid of due process.

Too often, immigrants get “lost in detention” for long periods of time, without even the ability to see an immigration judge. Serious human rights violations occur with zero accountability and zero transparency and this must change. We support the growing calls to end failed policies of mass incarceration and mass deportation, we also call for policies that respect the humanity and the basic rights of every person. 

 

1016218_10151726461006271_499225856_nThe new federal health care reform law will benefit California and its diverse immigrant communities. However, many Californians and their immigrant family members, despite working, still lack affordable health care.  In order to reap real benefits from the new law, CIPC is working to ensure that policy-makers implement health reform in California in a way that works for all Californians. trust march jesusnot1more

Advocacy

The TRUST Act

As a result of tremendous organizing and advocacy efforts, Governor Brown signed the TRUST Act (AB 4 by Asm. Ammiano) on October 5, 2013. This law set a minimum standard to place some limits on cruel and costly immigration “hold” requests. CIPC is proud to have co-sponsored the bill and we’re proud to continue to collaborate with a diverse and powerful coalition of grassroots community organizations from across the state to implement and build upon TRUST.

Ending Unconstitutional Holds Across the State

While TRUST set a minimum standard to limit ICE holds, it also warned that any ICE hold risked violating the constitution. And just four months after it went into effect, a major federal court ruling in Oregon validated this warning. Now, at least 48 of California’s 58 counties have built on the TRUST Act’s protections and entirely ended these unconstitutional detentions. CIPC is partnering with several local coalitions to support these efforts and to continue to strengthen and expand these policies.

The Priority Enforcement Program & ICE in Jails

In November 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) – a reincarnation of the widely discredited “Secure “Communities or (SCOMM) program. PEP-COMM  is yet another mass deportation scheme engineered to target and criminalize communities of color, first funneling people through an unjust criminal justice system and then pushing them into an immigration system that lacks even the most basic due process protections. CIPC, alongside our partners, opposes the entanglement of local law enforcement with ICE and stands with efforts that support real, inclusive public safety solutions rather than the targeting and scapegoating of immigrants.

Fighting Mass Incarceration and Detention

CIPC recognizes that certain federal and state policies further criminalize immigrant communities and communities of color, pushing more people into jails, prisons, and detention centers. We oppose policies that fuel mass incarceration and we stand against cynical efforts to profit off of detention and imprisonment.


As part of this commitment, CIPC has supported solutions to limit profiteering. For example, detainees across California have long suffered from exorbitant phone charges when attempting to call loved ones or attorneys. CIPC co-sponsored AB 1876 in 2014 to reduce the cost of these calls. While the bill didn’t make it to the Governor’s desk, we are glad the Federal Communications Commission has taken action to address this problem nationwide.