Dean Johnson Comments on Trust Act for Associated Press
Dean Kevin R. Johnson contributed comments to a report by the Associated Press on the impacts of California's Trust Act, which prohibits local police from holding immigrants for federal agents if the immigrants were arrested for minor crimes. According to an Associated Press survey, the number of people held for possible deportation has dropped by 44 percent during the first two months of this year.
"It suggests that before the Trust Act went into effect, at least in California, Secure Communities was having a most significant impact on relatively minor criminal offenders, as opposed to the gang bangers the president was saying were being targeted," said Dean Johnson.
Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.