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Media Advisory: Immigration advocates to call on Sacramento County to end collaboration with ICE amid TRUTH Act Forum

Wednesday’s press conference and public forum will shine light on county’s relationship with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(SACRAMENTO) — Immigration advocates will hold a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 8, before addressing the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors at a public forum that day on the county’s cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Press Conference

What: Press conference on Sacramento County’s relationship with ICE. Advocates will call for the Sheriff’s Department to stop its voluntary assistance to ICE and for the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution to end all funding that supports the county’s cooperation with, and referral of immigrants, to ICE.

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8

Where: County Board of Supervisors building, 700 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Media Contacts: Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Alianza, Campaign for Immigrant Detention Reform and Sacramento Immigration Coalition, 916-721-7169, rhondarioskravitz@gmail.com. Janeth Rodriguez (English and Spanish), Sacramento Immigration Coalition, 916-708-5431, rodriguez.j2007@gmail.com.

TRUTH Act Forum

What: Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act Forum with the county Board of Supervisors. The act requires the local governing body of any county or city in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual during the previous year to hold a community forum to provide information to the public about ICE’s access to individuals and to  receive and consider public comment.

When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8

Where: County Board of Supervisors building, 700 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Materials: ACLU presentation; Resolution

Link: https://agendanet.saccounty.gov/BoardOfSupervisors/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=7410&doctype=1

Media Contacts: Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Alianza, Campaign for Immigrant Detention Reform and Sacramento Immigration Coalition, 916-721-7169, rhondarioskravitz@gmail.com. Janeth Rodriguez (English and Spanish), Sacramento Immigration Coalition, 916-708-5431, rodriguez.j2007@gmail.com.

The TRUTH Act Forum should be a platform for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to demand accountability, transparency and honesty from the Sheriff’s Department. 

The scheduling of the TRUTH Act Forum by the Sacramento Board of Supervisors comes on the heels of numerous reports including: 

  • ACLU Sues Sacramento County Sheriff for Illegally Collaborating with Immigration Agents in ICE Arrests of Immigrants: As the suit noted, Sheriff Scott R. Jones has long championed cooperation with ICE and fiercely opposed SB 54 and similar laws. “Unable to stop SB 54’s passage, the sheriff and his office have revised its operation through a policy and practice of notifying ICE of when a person will be released from its custody and transferring that person to ICE, including in situations where that person lacks a qualifying criminal conviction or charge.”
  • Letter from John Garamendi to Alejandro Mayorkas re closing ICE facilities: Since 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has voluntarily handed over at least 151 community members to ICE. “, I ask that you examine existing agreements with private prison contractors running the Otay Mesa Detention Center and the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, as well as the Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) with Yuba County Jail, operated by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. For years, under multiple administrations, these facilities have been operating in a substandard manner …”

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