Multnomah County Passes Resolution Calling for an End to Unjust Deportations
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Portland, Ore–Yesterday, during a hearing in Multnomah County, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use prosecutorial discretion in immigration deportation proceedings and called for an end to unjust deportations. The resolution also offered strong criticism of “Secure Communities”– a federal immigration enforcement program that threatens public safety and public trust in Multnomah County.
The hearing addressed issues critical to public safety and immigrant rights in Multnomah County. By asking our local law enforcement agencies to detain and hold undocumented immigrants in county jails, ICE has forced the costs of federal immigration enforcement onto our local governments and their residents, diminished our public safety, and needlessly torn apart thousands of Oregon families.
Those testifying in favor of passage of the resolution included members of the community and leaders from Act for Justice and Dignity (ACT), a network of faith, labor, immigrant, and civil liberties organizations. Beyond voicing support for the resolution, individuals applauded the Commissioners for bringing attention to the important issues of ICE’s influence on public safety and public trust in the County and urged further action to make Multnomah County a safe and welcoming place for people to raise their families.
To watch the full hearing, please link here: http://multnomah.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3