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<b>FIRED UP:</b> Hazel Davalos speaks during a recent Santa Maria City Council meeting.

FIRED UP: Hazel Davalos speaks during a recent Santa Maria City Council meeting.


Counties Ending Immigration Holds

Santa Barbara Joins Jurisdictions Who Have Stopped the Courtesy to the Feds


Thursday, July 10, 2014
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With notable lack of fanfare and effective May 28, County Sheriff Bill Brown has stopped holding immigrants incarcerated in the County Jail 48 hours beyond their detention dates as a courtesy to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The month before, a federal judge in Oregon had ruled that such holds unsupported by federal warrants were unconstitutional. Since then, sheriff agencies throughout the country ​— ​but especially in California ​— ​have stopped what had been a routine practice over the past five years.

This week, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his department would no longer participate with federal authorities in such holds; last month the Orange County Sheriff did the same. While Brown has maintained an assiduously low profile on the matter, his spokesperson Kelly Hoover reported ICE requested that such holds be placed on 611 county jail inmates who’d been detained on various charges while in the United States illegally.

Hazel Davalos, an organizer with the Central Coast Immigration Rights Coalition, said she hopes to meet with Brown in August to obtain a written clarification of the department’s position. Beyond the federal ruling, Davalos noted that the Trust Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, went into effect this year, which mandates that each of California’s 58 counties extricate itself from the Secure Communities Program, out of which the ICE holds originated.

Davalos said the stated intent of Secure Communities ​— ​to deport serious criminals to their countries of origin ​— ​failed in practice as a majority of those deported were not criminals at all or were minor violators. “The most serious consequence was the erosion of trust between law enforcement and the immigrant communities,” she said. “If you know your husband could be deported if you call about domestic abuse, who’s going to call?”

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Pure unadulterated bull crap. Fire, then arrest and put on trial all these Law Enforcement officials for failure to follow the law. Their only duty by the way is to follow the law. Their sworn duty. That's it, that's all. Its all they're supposed to do. Follow the law.

How about we enforce the law as written. This whole selective enforcement is bull and its created a monster. The children of immigrants dont respect the law because they were taught from an early age that they can pick and choose which ones to follow - without repercussion.

The sheriffs dont take this stance with drug laws do they? No, its their bread and butter. But since there are no billion dollar grants for immigrant removal... they look the other way.

We've been had. The immigrants have lied, cheated and stolen their way into and onto our soil and now they've won. What laws? We dont need to follow no stinking laws!

Sam_Tababa (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 8:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As things in Washington get worse regarding Illegal Immigration via Child Invasion, the States are getting more frustrated over the Deportation procedure of ICE, I know, I work with a few of those Agents involved with ICE and the Immigration fiasco. Blame is placed on POTUS mostly but the process is fraught with consistences created by Congress; according to these persons personal comments. They have stated that States or lower Government (County & City), need to separate themselves from the Federal Funding they have been living off of to support their individual programs that require the Fed to issue bonds or payments from the budget. They've confided that if these Agencies want to pick and choose what laws they are going to enforce, then the Fed will pick and choose who or what receives Fed Money.
Law Enforcement is just that Enforcement of the Law, not as, Sam_Tababa, put it, "pick and choose which ones to follow - without repercussion". Well Congress is about to order the FBI and the Justice Department to pull funding to the Departments taking this stance of opting out of ICE Laws; watch for the Fall-out as it continues.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about a hold on the detention of nonviolent drug offenders?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dou4now - I hope that what you write is indeed true. The local LE agencies determining enforcement is absurd and flies in the face of their sole and sworn duty.

Let's get the funding out of their hands and see how fast they do their duty.

Sam_Tababa (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 9:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We don't want illegal immigrants here and we especially don't want illegal immigrant criminals.

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fulminate on, people, fulminate on. Hopefully you feel better about your own little world after you spew your vitriol, although it is merely a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Discoboy, I will fulminate on, but you can Ram On, in the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Swl9I...

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2014 at 6:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Viva LaRaza.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2014 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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