LGBT, immigrant groups urge Calif. gov to sign TRUST Act

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A coalition of two dozen LGBT and immigrant groups is calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 1081, the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act.

The call is made in a letter co-authored by Lambda Legal and the Transgender Law Center and signed by 22 other groups.

The TRUST Act, sponsored by California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, addresses how state law enforcement agencies implement the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities, or S-Comm, program.

The program was intended to net criminals for deportation but critics say it doesn’t work and instead makes immigrant populations fearful of police.

S-Comm actions, says the coalition, currently affect people with no criminal history, sweeping them into immigration proceedings that can tear families apart. This situation can be acute for LGBT immigrants and those living with HIV.

The TRUST Act, according to the letter, would refocus S-Comm enforcement actions on the deportation of the most dangerous and violent offenders. The measure would instruct state law enforcement to ignore some requests from the federal government to hold immigrants.

Signers on the letter include the Brown Boi Project,
 California Partnership to End Domestic Violence,
 Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Community United Against Violence, Equality California, Gender Justice LA,
 Gray Panthers Association of California Networks, Immigration Equality, Immigrant Youth Coalition,
 Latino Equality Alliance, 
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, 
Marin Gray Panthers, 
Marriage Equality USA, 
National Center for Lesbian Rights,
 National Center for Transgender Equality,
 National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Action Fund,
 National Immigrant Youth Alliance,
 Out 4 Immigration,
 San Diego LGBT Community Center,
 San Francisco LGBT Community Center, South Bay LGBT Center, Trans Latina Coalition, TLC and Lamba.

On another immigration issue, Lambda filed a friend-of-the-court brief seeking to halt Arizona from implementing its show-me-your-papers provision.