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Community Forum Jan. 16 to Address Immigration Law

Experts speak at a public forum on the Trust Act on Dec. 3, 2013, at the Marin County Civic Center.
Experts speak at a public forum on the Trust Act on Dec. 3, 2013, at the Marin County Civic Center.
A community forum will be held on Jan. 16 about the implications of the Trust Act, a recent change in California law that pertains to the rights of immigrants. 

About 80 people attended a forum on the topic Dec. 3 at the Marin County Civic Center.  Organizers are hoping for an even larger crowd at the second forum, which will be held at the Albert Boro Community Center in San Rafael. Spanish-language translation will be provided.

The Trust Act, also known as AB 4, was enacted Oct. 5, 2013, and became effective on Jan. 1. The new law prohibits local law enforcement from detaining anyone on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody, unless the person has been convicted of specified crimes. The law is designed to prevent detention in local jails of those who have no previous criminal record, or a minimal record of having committed only offenses of a nonviolent nature, and are not deemed a threat to the community. 

The Jan. 16 forum will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Boro Center (formerly Pickleweed Park Community Center), 50 Canal St., San Rafael. The event will include panelists Sheriff Robert Doyle, District Attorney Ed Berberian, Public Defender Jose Varela and immigration law specialist Angie Junck from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. 

“I think it’s helpful for the Sheriff and others to clarify how the Trust Act will be handled at the local level and for residents to voice any concerns they may have,” Varela said. 



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novato 3per January 02, 2014 at 02:07 PM
LOOK AT ALL THE EMPTY SEATS IN THE PHOTO OF THE FIRST MEETING. I DON'T CARE IF THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD IN OCCUPIED TERRITORY OF THE CANAL, WE NEED TO PACK THAT PLACE AND EXPRESS OUR OUTRAGE AND DEMAND STRICTEST PROTECTION OF THE TAX PAYING, PROPERTY OWNING, VOTING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC . STARE OUR LAWMAKERS , PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND LOUD MOUTHED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SUPPORTERS IN THE FACE. LOOK HOW YOUR OWN COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE FALSELY DESCRIBING THIS LAW AS protecting " the rights of immigrants" ! ARE YOU GOING TO LET THEM FALSELY DESCRIBE THIS LAW AS A "PRO-IMMIGRATION" measure, as though they are referring to LAWFULLY ADMITTED IMMIGRANTS WHO FOLLOW LAWS AND WISH TO PLAY BY THE RULES, OR SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AS TAX-PAYING CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OPPOSED TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR COMMUNITY and COUNTRY INTO A HAVEN FOR A LAW-BREAKING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND SOCIALIST ANTI-AMERICAN RADICALS?
novato 3per January 02, 2014 at 02:14 PM
The county's criteria for releasing Illegal Immigrant Criminals back into your community and ignoring the efforts of Immigration and following Federal law are simply whether or not an alien is CURRENTLY being charged with a violent crime or not, criminal HISTORY is NOT a factor, and therefore violent PRIOR convictions, and PRIOR DEPORTATIONS of an individual are NOT a factor. YOU need to argue for the STRICTEST interpretation of this law IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY, and not in the loosest interpretation currently in place which favors criminal aliens and their lawyers and apologist "community activists".
M. Manzano January 06, 2014 at 12:04 PM
More blatant disregard for the law by elected officials and local police in addition to illegal aliens. Disgusting.

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