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Santa Clara County Resolution Against Secure Communities

Click here to read the full resolution (PDF).

From the Resolution:

“Secure Communities

The Committee received a report back from County Counsel responding to Supervisor Shirakawa’s referral on August 10, 2010 to the Board of Supervisors regarding the implementation of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program, Secure Communities, within the County jails. The report laid out the complexities of the situation and
options to address them. The Committee forwarded County Counsel’s first recommended action to oppose the County’s participation in Secure Communities. The Committee requested that the Administration report back to PSJC in October with more information related to item b, ensuring that County funds are only used to comply with requests by ICE to the extent that they are subject to reimbursement or required by law.

In summary, on May 4, 2010, our County was “activated” in the Secure Communities program without local authority
being granted. Participation in this program means that all fingerprints gathered at the time of booking which are
electronically transmitted to the California Department of Justice then to the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now
sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well, to be matched against ICE’s immigration status database.
This practice of enforcing civil immigration law by utilizing County resources at the arrest stage is not aligned with our
local policies.

The Board of Supervisors on June 22, 2010 unanimously passed a resolution restating its long-standing policy of not
being involved with the enforcement of federal civil immigration law unless required by law.

On August 10, 2010, the Board of Supervisors directed County Counsel to contact the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, California Department of Justice and our congressional representatives, to clarify the County’s obligation to
participate in the Secure Communities program. At this time, no written response have been received by County
Counsel. However, in a phone call to County Counsel, the California Department of Justice responded that the State will
not impose an obligation on the County to participate, but that only DHS can activate or de-activate a jurisdiction.

Additionally, although DHS has not responded to County Counsel, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
recently wrote in a letter (see attached ‘Responses to Lofgren’s request’) that local jurisdictions that do not want to
participate in Secure Communities may formally notify ICE and the relevant state agency.”

Coalition Of Groups To Urge The San Mateo County Board Of Supervisors And Sheriff To Halt Implementation Of “Secure Communities” Program

Click to view Letter to Board of Supervisors (PDF).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Press Contacts:
Julio Garcia
Charisse Domingo, Silicon Valley De-Bug


WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 9:45AM
WHERE:  San Mateo County Government Center (400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063)

BACKGROUND: On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Secure Communities Program (“SCOMM”), a federal immigration initiative, which will automatically send the fingerprints of arrested individuals taken by local law enforcement officials to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration database, is scheduled to be implemented in San Mateo County. A broad coalition of immigrant rights’ advocates, faith-based organizations,  members of the legal community, community organizations, youth organizations,and civil rights organizations have called on San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the County Sheriff to opt out of this program, or in the alternative, postpone the implementation of SCOMM in our County until further research and significant community input is considered on the potential serious impacts of the program on our County.  Community members believe SCOMM — a voluntary program — will be destructive and harmful to thousands of families in our county, and to the well-being of our county as a whole. “This is such a hateful program.  While it claims to target the “most serious offenders”, many hardworking people will end up getting swept along with the current.  We must stop this here now before lives are destroyed,” says Julio Garcia, a community organizer from East Palo Alto.  (Attached is the letter sent by the coalition to the Board of Supervisors).

Speakers include Julio Garcia, community organizer, East Palo Alto; Sylvia Ramirez, community organizer, Comite de Padres Unidos, Redwood City; Doroteo Garcia, community leader, Nuestra Casa; Adrian Avila, community organizer, Silicon Valley De-Bug; Sheryl Muñoz-Bergman, Director, San Mateo County Programs, International Institute of the Bay Area; Reverend Anna B. Lange-Soto, El Buen Pastor, Iglesia Episcopal Church, and; Angie Junck, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

Organizations endorsing the halt to SCOMM’s implementation in San Mateo County include: ACLU of Northern California, ALIADI Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, Comite de Padres Unidos, Redwood City, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, East Palo Alto Council of Tenants, El Buen Pastor Episcopal Church, Redwood City, Episcopal Diocese of California, Migration and Immigration Task Force, Fair Rent Coalition, East Palo Alto, For Youth By Youth, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Institute of the Bay Area, Redwood City, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Movimiento Por Una Anmistia Incondicional (MUAI), Peninsula Interfaith Action, Project WeHOPE, Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ, East Palo Alto, San Mateo County Private Defender Program, Silicon Valley De-Bug, Ujima Security Council, East Palo Alto, and Youth United for Community Action.


Immigration protesters jam downtown L.A. streets; LAPD makes arrests (LA Times)

Immigration protesters jam downtown L.A. streets; LAPD makes arrests

by Shelby Grad

May 6, 2010 – Traffic in parts of downtown L.A. were jammed because of a demonstration by critics of Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

The LAPD said some of the protesters were blocking several streets, including Alameda and Commercial streets. KTLA News video showed police making arrests of demonstrators lying in the street.

Traffic at the civic center near L.A. City Hall was backed up.

The protest was outside the federal prison in downtown L.A. “This detention center symbolizes the incarceration and internment of so many immigrants and the separation of families,” according to a statement on a website posted by the protesters.

Officials said the protest could cause traffic problems for several hours and might cause disruption for people trying to drive into the detention facility parking lot.

KTLA News video showed gridlock on some streets as motorists struggled through detours.

Photo: Dozens of people rally Thursday in front of the Federal Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles to protest Arizona’s new immigration law. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Photos of May Day in Los Angeles, CA

Well over 200 thousand marched in Downtown Los Angeles and peacefully demanded immigration reform in 2010 and to condemn criminalization and racial profiling by Arizona SB 1070. At the corner of Olympic and Broadway people began congregating as early as 6 am. It took people 4 hours to walk from the beginning point to the end of the march at Broadway and Temple. It was just a one massive sea of people and a powerful rally that ended at 2:00 pm.

Click here to check out dozens more pictures!