LA City Council Votes to Support TRUST Act

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to support a bill proposed by California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano that would allow California counties to opt out of the Secure Communities program, in which police are required to share fingerprint data of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities. Ammiano's bill, called the TRUST Act (AB 1081), passed the California Assembly in a 47-26 vote in late May, and will head to the Senate for a vote.

Hours after the Los Angeles City Council's vote, the Oakland City Council voted 8-0 to endorse the TRUST Act.

The federal Secure Communities program has been touted as a way to apprehend terrorists and violent criminals. However, between August 2009 and January 2011, ICE used information provided by LAPD under Secure Communities to deport about 6,000 undocumented immigrants who had committed minor infractions.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has said he continues to support the program.

La Opinión published an editorial this week calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to follow the lead of governors of Illinois, New York and Massachusetts, who have announced that their states will not participate in the Secure Communities program.