Skip to comments.Battle forms over new law on detention of migrants
Posted on 01/04/2014 7:01:37 PM PST by moonshinner_09
Discord over the TRUST Act, which limits when local authorities can detain unauthorized immigrants for federal agencies, is entering a new phase with the start of 2014.
Supporters of the state measure are launching community-outreach campaigns, while opponents are redoubling their assertions that it rewards lawbreakers and usurps federal powers.
The TRUST (Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools) Act, which took effect Wednesday, is one of two such laws in the United States. The other, in Connecticut, went into effect on the same day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Californias measure narrows the scope of Secure Communities, a federal program in which local law enforcement agencies detain suspected unauthorized immigrants for up to 48 hours enough time for the Department of Homeland Security to begin deportation proceedings and take over the case.
This local-federal cooperation plays out in various ways.
For example, police officers stop a speeding motorist and find evidence that hes in the U.S. without permission, perhaps by checking for past crimes or running his fingerprint against a federal immigration database. Or sheriffs deputies respond to a 911 call about domestic violence and make immigration detainer arrests after determining that the alleged victim or abuser, or both, are living in the country illegally.
Under the TRUST Act, local law enforcement cant put an immigration hold on people who dont have a felony or other serious crimes. Exemptions listed in the measure include minor violations such as traffic tickets, trespassing and a previous deportation that didnt result from a crime.
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