Principle #3: Promote Policies that Aid Undocumented Communities

 

In the last year, undocumented communities have come under increasing attack because of increasingly vicious federal immigration laws. These policies not only allow for deportation because of minor allegations like possession of drugs, but they also make communities less safe, as undocumented victims fear going to court or speaking to law enforcement. It is therefore critical that prosecutors adopt policies that protect some of our nation’s most vulnerable residents.

  • Publicly support local ordinances and statewide legislation that affirmatively limits law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE, and oppose any effort to enlist local law enforcement as federal immigration agents.

  • Implement an office-wide policy requiring prosecutors to consider immigration consequences in the charging, plea, and sentencing decisions.

  • Expand pre-plea diversion programs that allow individuals to obtain dismissals of their charges without entering a guilty plea.

  • Affirmatively support post-conviction litigation from non-citizens who pled guilty without being advised of the potential immigration consequences of their plea.