STATEMENT: NO RAIDS VS. CENTRAL AMERICAN FAMILIES IN OC, BUT ICE REMAINS A THREAT TO COMMUNITIES EVERYWHERE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alexis Nava Teodoro, (714) 574-6540, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, Carlos Perea, Director of Resistencia, Autonomia, Igualdad, y lideraZgo, (RAIZ) issued the following statement:
We are releasing this statement to clarify rumors of ICE conducting raids in Orange County targeting Central American families. There were no raids in Orange County targeting Central American families like they occurred in other parts of the country. As a matter of fact, Virginia Kice, spokesperson for ICE, told members of RAIZ during a phone conversation on Thursday, January 7, that no arrests have been made of Central American families in the entire state of California.
Nonetheless, RAIZ and the Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) have consistently shown via anti-deportation campaigns that all Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in Orange County and across the state are not only inhumane, but a blatant disrespect to our lives and that of our families and community.
Let it be clear that any form of collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and ICE breaks the trust the community has with its local government. Any presence of ICE in immigrant communities at a time in which there are outrageous efforts by President Obama’s administration to deport Central American families in other parts of the country is creating profound fear, anxiety, and pain in the community. We strongly urge Orange County cities to follow the lead of local governments that have broken ties with ICE enforcement programs, such as the City of Philadelphia, to send a clear message to its immigrant population that they care and their human rights are respected.
We also would like to inform the public, that if they have confirmations of ICE raids, in any area of the state, to call the TRUST Act Coalition hotline at 1-844-878-7801.
RAIZ is an organization composed of youth, parents, and community members who are migrants and working class. It is affiliated with The Immigrant Youth Coalition, a statewide organization led by LGBTQ-undocumented-womyn organizers and formerly incarcerated and detained individuals.
OC SHERIFF’S REVIEWING ICE DETAINER POLICY WHILE SANTA ANA RESIDENT SAMUEL SIXTOS GOMEZ STILL FACING DEPORTATION
For Immediate Release
June 6th, 2014
Alexis Nava Teodoro
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S REVIEWING ICE DETAINER POLICY WHILE SANTA ANA RESIDENT SAMUEL SIXTOS GOMEZ STILL REMAINS IN DETENTION FACING DEPORTATION
Orange County, CA—Yesterday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) announced effective immediately that they will no longer hold “pre-sentenced” inmates on ICE Detainers beyond any release date/time. This announcements comes following a similar statement made by the Orange County Probation Department (OCPD) and in light of an Oregon federal district court’s decision, Miranda Olivares v. Clackamas County, 2014 WL 1414305 (D. Ore. April 11, 2014), “which concluded that an ICE detainer, without a determination of probable cause, is not legally sufficient to hold an inmate beyond his or her sentence ending date.”
However, OCSD and the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) recently turned over Samuel Sixtos-Gomez, a Santa Ana father of a U.S. citizen daughter and potential candidate for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, absent a major criminal record and in violation of the TRUST Act.
As an immigrant rights organization and the only one that stops deportations in Orange County, we were deeply alarmed by the high number of ICE detainers that were issued to youth with only juvenile records in Orange County, California, where local probation officers were referring minors for deportation at rates much higher than anywhere else in the state. Although the OCPD has modified their internal procedure several times since 2012, we are still alarmed that key language in the current procedure still requires the intake probation officer (IPO) to inquire about and investigate the immigration status of a minor in custody and also requires the IPO to notify ICE if the minor is a “suspected foreign national.” Aside from the procedure in question, OCPD continues to violate state confidentiality laws by sharing the information of minors with ICE.
Simultaneously, OCSD will continue to refer people to ICE prior to or the day of their release date. The Secure Communities program is still in place in Orange County, which is one way that ICE and local law enforcement agencies share information. In addition, OCSD continues to have a 287(g) and Inter-Governmental Service Agreements (IGSA’s) with ICE. These policies which create the Pol(ICE) also known as the “poli-migra” in Orange County, continue to terrorize our communities. As RAIZ, we believe that this relationship between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement agencies is unconstitutional. This is why we will continue to organize in our communities and in the county and continue to push for an end to the Pol(ICE) and an end to deportations all over nation.
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