FROM Jennie Pasquarella
Federal Immigration Agents Are Back in LA County Jails Last May, the LA Board of Supervisors limited the access of federal immigration agents to County jails. Now, Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he's opened the jail up again . We asked the Sheriff and Board members to join our program; they haven't responded.
Crime and Political Spin in Sanctuary Cities US Senator Dianne Feinstein is the former Mayor of San Francisco, but she's among the politicians lining up to condemn the city in the aftermath of the shooting death of a young woman. It's all about the undocumented Mexican immigrant the Sheriff released from custody — rather than turning him over to immigration authorities -- despite a record of felonies and multiple deportations. Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting a story with long-term, far-reaching political consequences.
A Legal Defeat for Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement — started its Secure Communities program in 2009. Local law enforcement agencies were asked to detain non-citizen inmates for up to 48 hours after their jail terms had expired. ICE would then decide who could stay in the country and who should be deported. Former Sheriff Lee Baca supported Secure Communities, and some 33,000 were departed from Los Angeles County alone. Not any more. The LA Sheriff's Department is one of about one hundred agencies around the country that no longer allows detainers.
Is LA 'Secure' for American Citizens? The Obama Administration is setting records for deporting illegal immigrants with the highest rate in six decades. But some American citizens are being caught in the net. In the past few weeks, at least three citizens have been detained in Los Angeles County at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. It's part of the Secure Communities program, under which the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked by local law enforcement are checked against a federal database.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."