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Trust Act credited with reducing immigration holds

It has been reported that fewer immigrants have been arrested by California authorities and turned over the federal government. This is due to a new law called the Trust Act that was designed to hold fewer individuals for deportation. When the law was originally passed in January, however, it was not clear how much of a drop that there would be.

California has reportedly accounted for a third of deportations that have occurred due to actions by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement Secure Communities program. While reporting has not been completed, reporting that has taken place from Sheriff's departments has so far demonstrated a 44 percent drop in deportations.

A dean of one California law school has suggested that the act will likely have an impact on the deportation of those accused of minor criminal offenses. However, there has also been reports that individuals should have been released under the new act and have not. This could indicate that not all sheriff's departments have abided by the new law.

One attorney for an advocate rights group stated that she had heard of about a dozen instances where individuals should have been released. She stated that the inconsistency needed to be eliminated. "This is a law they have to follow," she added.

Removal defense attorneys will serve clients and make certain that laws designed to protect immigrants from deportation are universally enforced. The laws are constantly evolving and it's often difficult for those facing deportation to keep track of the new rules. It's worthwhile consulting with an attorney concerning one's legal options.

Source: ABC News, "California Immigration Holds Drop," Elliot Spagat, April 6, 2014

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