Gov. Jerry Brown Should Sign the TRUST Act and Be "Anti-Arizona" on Immigration


Posted on 11 July 2012

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By Frank Sharry
America's Voice Education Fund

Years ago, California tried to take the punitive and xenophobic approach to immigration with Prop 187 -- a 1994 ballot initiative whose stated goal was to keep undocumented immigrants from receiving public benefits, but would have essentially turned California into a police state for immigrants. Fortunately, Proposition 187 was invalidated by the courts.  But instead of learning from California, states like Arizona, Alabama, and a handful of others are repeating the same mistakes and passing similar laws designed to turn anyone who looks or sounds “like an immigrant” into a suspect and make them feel unwelcome in their own homes.

But last week, the California State Senate showed just how far the state has come—by passing Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s (D-San Francisco) TRUST Act, the antithesis of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 law.

Arizona’s law attacks immigrants by making local cops turn them over to the federal government for deportation—destroying the trust between immigrants and local police. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is also pushing for local-federal cooperation on immigration through its so-called “Secure Communities” program, which turns routine police work into an immigration status check, and has led to record deportations of immigrants who have never committed a crime.  Under “Secure Communities,” undocumented persons are often detained for very minor violations, such as driving without a license, and end up on the path to deportation.  In California alone, more than 75,000 immigrants have been deported since Secure Communities began there in 2009, and more than half of those immigrants were either convicted of no crime or convicted only of minor offenses.

The TRUST Act, which has the support of over 100 immigrant rights groups, police chiefs, and mayors, seeks to restore the public trust police need for community safety. The TRUST Act would address some of the problems with Secure Communities by telling police to only send immigrants who have serious convictions to ICE for deportation. It would allow hardworking immigrant mothers and fathers to go to work and live their lives with less fear of harassment and deportation, and would mend the rift between immigrant communities and the police that is vital to the success of community policing. This makes the TRUST Act essentially the opposite of Arizona’s SB 1070: while SB 1070 treats every immigrant as a priority for deportation, the TRUST Act lifts up legitimate threats and zeroes in on true public-safety priorities.

The bill has moved on from the California Senate to the Assembly, which is highly likely to pass it.  Next, it will move to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, and Latino and community leaders are expecting the Governor to sign it and show the rest of the country what smart and fair immigration policy looks like.

The TRUST Act is simply a common-sense policy—in a world of limited resources and police power, law enforcement should target dangerous criminals for deportation, not hardworking mothers and college students.  And when criminals at large threaten all of us, those with information must be encouraged to come forward—not scared away from doing so. Opponents of the bill are simply relying on their tired talking point that anything short of deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants is “amnesty.” They’ve got nothing else to offer.

We hope that Governor Brown is ready to lead California full-circle, rejecting its Proposition 187 past and sending a message to states like Arizona and Alabama that mass deportation is not the answer.  Immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is.

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Frank Sharry is Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice. With the support of allies in the immigration reform community, he created the new organization in early 2008 to focus on communications and media as part of a renewed effort to win comprehensive immigration reform.

The 1994 act was good in 1994 and is still good today. Illegal aliens should not be able to receve any benefits; and, if they commit a crime they should be deported.

It’s been a hard road to bring some sanity to the illegal alien invasion, but there will be no respite from the TEA PARTY. The special interests entities, religion, unions, corporate along with large and small business, will never be allowed to win, against the overall will of the people. Citizens and legal residents want the real border fence built to curtail any more access to our sovereign lands, bringing in the criminals with their drugs. There is no reduction in illegal immigration as the authorities are stating, another invasion is building from Central and South America. Yet the agency that supposedly protecting us is closing down a number of entry ports along our Southern border? The DREAM ACT initiative, which President Obama’s current executive order has assigned, allows the children of illegal aliens to stay. But these students overtime will be able to sponsor by chain migration family members. This can be truly back door amnesty as this happened in the Ronald Reagan signing into law, the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act.

The original amnesty was for 2.5 million people, mostly agricultural guest workers, but through haphazard processing 6 million slipped into America using fraudulent applications. Those millions of people scoffed at the farming employment and slipped into the mainstream stealing jobs in the construction industry, landscaping, entertainment and other services. This led to jobs of low income Americans, with less education losing their employment to people who would take less money. To compete with other dishonest companies professional businesses had eventually to hire illegal aliens, so they were not put out of business. Therefore this competition continues so the builders hire discount roofers, framers, drywall labor in many manual industries.

THIS INVASION CAN BE PLACED IN THE SOILED HANDS OF A CONGRESS, WHETHER THE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS OVER DECADES OF DELIBERATELY IGNORING IN PROTECTING CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS, AND GIVING EMPLOYMENT VISAS OF AT LEAST A MILLION OF LOW SKILLED WORKERS OVER MANY YEARS. WHEN IS THE SPINELESS IDIOTS GOING TO DEFEND AMERICA FROM PEOPLE COMING HERE UNDER FALSE PRETENSES AND STEALING OUR OLD FOLKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, FOOD STAMPS, HOUSING, SOCIAL SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME AND CASH PAYMENTS. GO HOME AND GET YOUR OWN COUNTRY TO SUPPORT YOU. I AM FURIOUS THAT MY TAXES ARE GOING TO EDUCATE ILLEGAL ALIEN KIDS AND YOUR ACCESS TO FREE HEALTH CARE.

DEMAND THAT ILLEGALLY ENTERING AMERICA BE CLASSED AS A FELONY, NOT A CIVIL OFFENSE?

Today I am no longer a Democrat or Republican, but a true Independent, who is now a member of my local TEA PARTY. The Tea Party is YOU and ME, not any political group, but a way to expand efforts in a new political direction. It is not as the Liberal media tries to publicize us, as something like white supremacists? But in my chapter of which there are thousands around the country, we enjoy the opinions and proposals of Americans who are Hispanics of several generations, black people who great grandfather was the ancestors of slaves, Orientals and legal immigrants who came here to make a better life for their family. They realize that uncontrolled immigration is threatening the American way of life, as the foreigners slip around U.S. Customs and Border Protection just enter as a tourist, with no intention to leave.

As of now the Imperial Court of Obama’s administration, led by the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has harassed the state of Arizona. Then Holder’s unceasing pressure to force all 50 states to accept 20 million illegal aliens already settled here, then his new attacks on Texas and Florida. His unrelenting push to stop them from enacting a fair and equitable law, so that no more fraudulent votes can exist from non citizens, who in the past by incorrigible criminals associated with the ACORN project. Some years back the ACORN organization registered anybody who could sign their name. Under the very flimsy, loose law of perjury their canvassers registered everybody and everything, including sadly Mickey Mouse. None of these agendas will gain headway under a TEA PARTY leadership, which will absorb themselves into the House or Representatives and the Senate. The TEA PARTY will have the massive influence to stop the erosion of our alienable rights, as stated in the U.S. Constitution.

Illegal Immigration more than any other issue, has divided the country and the majority of American will not tolerate people who violate the law. But then again, the majority of Americans do not trust any government, whether it’s the Democrats, with a hefty portion of Liberal influence or the Republicans as they have proven over and over again that trust for them also has vanished out the window. Our biggest battle is for TEA PARTY leaders, to substitute many of the incumbents In Washington, state, county and local levels. Tea Party members must topple a majority of legislators in Congress, state governors as Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Jerry Brown of California, and Mayors as Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. This country is suffering from a $16 Trillion malaise, brought upon us by both political parties. Billions of dollars being spent to attain votes from illegal aliens, as the Democrats are looking the other way. The Republicans who see the illegal alien cheap labor market for their corporate friends who donate to their campaigns.

We need expedited measures like a fair Tax system for everybody, with no special waivers for the farmers, the sugar producers, the oil companies. More urgently than anything else, is to begin the production of our own oil, natural gas and including the refinement of clean coal, which Obama’s Liberal so-called progressives have prohibited. With an abundance of these energy resources, we would have more than enough for our population, with enough spare to sell to friendly foreign countries. Beneath us are huge deposits that would quickly lower our incredulous federal deficit, which would lower the U.S. taxpayer debt.

TEA PARTY is the only true plan that will ‘cease and desist’ illegal immigration for good. To repeat-- we must replace every politician, Governor, Police Chief or other elected official who pampers the illegal alien invasion, whether they are a Democrat, Liberal or even a Republican with a TEA PARTY leader. Join your local Constitutional Tea Party and remove Obama, his Czars and as a alternative vote for Mitt Romney, but demand he enacts nationwide mandatory E-Verify ‘The Legal Workforce Act’ (H.R. 2885.) This will be a real deterrent of unauthorized workers getting jobs. Warn businesses that once E-Verify is law, they are liable for harsh treatment by the courts. This will stringently replace citizens and lawful non-citizens, after the E-Verify law is underway. As a second enforcement law the Secure Communities (287G) should stay in place, not rescinded by the Liberal accumulation of voices in the department of Justice. Further urgently needed is an amendment the Birthright Citizenship law (H.R.140,) which will save billions of your dollars and bring to a halt a bad misinterpretation of the 14th amendment, crediting children of illegal aliens a right to citizenship, then hence our public welfare system. The amendment would allow only babies of parents where at least one being a citizen gives the child entry into America.

Look towards your own representatives in Congress and see if they are being dictated to by the ‘K” Street special interests, the unions, churches of a whole conglomeration of radical organizations. Is your local political personage against or for, illegal immigration? Did you Congress person vote an ordinance for a Sanctuary City, Dream Act, and Chain Migration or for Comprehensive Immigration Amnesty? Are you aware that a recent study projects a wide ranging Amnesty would cost all taxpayers $2.6 Trillion dollars, when we already owe the foreign investors $16 Trillion dollars. Learn more details at NumbersUSA . Citizen voters should phone Congress at the Washington central Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Have you viewed the latest doom and gloom development, that numerous cities as Stockton, Mammoth Lakes and soon others will be forced to be file bankruptcy? It’s even possible that the city of Chicago, maybe next on the federal list, owing to years of corruption within the political arena.

Isn't Frank Sherry a lobbyist for the open borders coalition?