Los Angeles Times: Trust Act could be another win for immigrants and their advocates | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation known as the Trust Act, federal immigration authorities will have a somewhat harder time taking custody of people in local jails who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

The measure, which would prohibit local jailers from holding most arrestees for an additional 48 hours before federal authorities arrive, is not expected to put a large dent in the number of deportations.


Absent 48-hour holds, ICE will still be able to take custody of immigrants, either at the jail or somewhere else.

"What impact does it have?" asked Bill Ong Hing, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. "My answer is it sends a message, but it's true, really the big debate is over the program itself that triggers the detainers; and if ICE really wants the folks, they can come get them earlier." [via@latimes]