To: Alameda County public officials

Alameda County: Get out of the immigrant detention & deportation business!

VICTORY! CREDO activist Daren Garshelis gathered over 1,000 signatures on the petition below to Alameda County Public Officials demanding that county law enforcement end their voluntary participation in immigrant detention and deportation collaboration with ICE through the federal Secure Communities program. Thanks to public pressure, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to ask Sheriff Gregory Ahern to stop detaining immigrants for ICE to deport.

Alameda County: Get out of the immigrant detention & deportation business!

Stop detaining and facilitating the deportation of local immigrants through collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Why is this important?

ICE collaboration – frequently through the ironically-named Secure Communities (S-Comm) program – has had a disastrous effect on Alameda County, resulting in the detention and deportation of countless family members, heads of households, and other people important to the fabric of our communities. Sadly, we have witnessed people criminalized and dehumanized by local law enforcement in collaboration with ICE merely based upon a suspicion that they lack immigration documents. When our community members are detained and deported, families are separated, and economic and emotional hardship for those left behind – often children – is a common result.

Alameda County families and communities have been hit particularly hard by the county’s collaboration with ICE. Nearly two thousand Alameda County residents since 2008 have been deported as a result of the Sheriff Ahern’s participation in S-Comm, and many more have been deported due to collaboration with ICE in another form.

A huge number of these people are never charged with – much less convicted of – any crime after they are arrested and detained. Any undocumented immigrant in Alameda County is liable to be apprehended, held, and ultimately turned over to ICE authorities for deportation. Victims of domestic violence in Alameda County have even been arrested and detained for ICE after calling 911. It is no wonder that immigrants who are victims and witnesses to crime in Alameda County are often too fearful to contact local law enforcement officials. Alameda County’s collaboration in immigrant detention and deportation erodes public trust in law enforcement and harms public safety.

The current Alameda County policy is not required. Through Secure Communities and other related programs, ICE merely requests the cooperation of local law enforcement officials in the detention and deportation of immigrants. This fact has been confirmed repeatedly, including by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Alameda County is free to deny ICE’s requests – and it should.

Immigrants comprise a large and important part of Alameda County, which has historically been welcoming of people striving to make a better life for themselves and their families. Participation in S-Comm and other forms of immigrant detention and deportation is staunchly anti-immigrant and does not reflect the values of Alameda County.

Countless Alameda County families have been separated because Sheriff Ahern’s office has, without providing any kind of due process, held people for ICE on the grounds that ICE believed they were “removable.” We the people of Alameda County disagree that these are “removable” community members, and ask that the county no longer collaborate in ICE’s immigrant detention and deportation business.

San Leandro, CA

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Reasons for signing

  • Until the broken laws are fixed we should stop enforcement to minimize the damages.
  • CA Attorney General Kamala Harris is the person I trust to take the lead on this issue. So, I support this petition!
  • for a kind, and comprehensive immigration reform to truly assist immigrant families in California.

Updates

2016-08-22 13:56:10 -0700
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Petition is successful with 1,008 signatures

2015-11-13 16:54:23 -0800
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Petition is successful with 1,007 signatures

2013-11-25 20:21:59 -0800

1,000 signatures reached

2013-08-21 13:25:35 -0700
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Petition is successful with 994 signatures

2013-08-19 16:03:01 -0700
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Petition is successful with 993 signatures