Two county supervisors on Tuesday expressed obvious assist for a decision calling for all county companies to finish voluntary cooperation with federal immigration brokers.
A coalition of greater than 20 neighborhood organizations proposed the decision at an annual neighborhood discussion board highlighting the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace’s work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The discussion board Tuesday is a part of the Clear Overview of Unjust Transfers and Holds or TRUTH Act, the regulation requiring such conferences to happen.
This yr’s discussion board included a presentation from Sheriff Invoice Ayub, the coalition ICE out of Ventura County, Public Defender Claudia Bautista, Probation Chief Mark Varela and District Lawyer Erik Nasarenko. Sometimes, the sheriff is the only presenter.
Greater than 40 individuals signed as much as present public feedback on the problem, telling of the struggles undocumented immigrants face when relations are deported and the concern they have in calling 911 after listening to gunshots or discovering somebody has damaged into their dwelling.
It was seemingly sufficient to achieve the obvious backing of supervisors Carmen Ramirez and Matt LaVere.
Ramirez spoke for a number of minutes about how undocumented immigrants come to the U.S. to work, noting the massive inhabitants of farmworkers within the county. They pay taxes and work the “important” jobs which can be a big a part of the financial system, particularly in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve got to acknowledge generally that we live on the backs of people who find themselves not given their full rights as human beings. Our legal guidelines state that each particular person, each human being is entitled to due course of and dignity. You wouldn’t have to be a U.S.-born citizen to obtain honest therapy beneath regulation,” Ramirez mentioned.
The supervisor supported the decision but in addition made clear she is just not in assist of violent acts, abusive individuals or anybody being victimized.
Beneath Senate Invoice 54, which went into impact in 2018, regulation enforcement officers can solely work with ICE brokers beneath restricted circumstances. They embrace sharing jail launch dates for immigrants who’ve been convicted of sure critical crimes or who’ve been ordered to face trial for such crimes.
In 2020, the sheriff’s workplace communicated with ICE in regards to the launch dates of 13 immigrants who’ve met aforementioned necessities. It was unclear if the 13 had already been convicted so Ramirez requested Ayub to look into that.
Immigration legal professional Brooke Lautz, who introduced on behalf of the coalition, questioned that quantity, particularly since the company initially reported zero ICE transfers on its web site. Ayub mentioned the error on the web site was resulting from a employees accounting error, nonetheless, the proper quantity, 13, was reported to the state Division of Justice.
Whereas the sheriff’s workplace’s restricted involvement with ICE is allowed beneath the regulation, it’s not required. The company can comply with swimsuit of different counties throughout the state by discontinuing voluntary cooperation, Lautz mentioned.
Amongst different considerations for the coalition was how a lot money and time the sheriff’s workplace prices taxpayers when voluntarily working with ICE. In a public data request to a coalition member, the company mentioned it didn’t observe that info. Moreover, the human price of separating households affected by deportation was highlighted by Lautz and others throughout public remark.
Maria Rodriguez, of Camarillo, mentioned her father was deported when she was 13 after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was given a type to register a language he did not perceive after being informed it could guarantee he would go dwelling. As an alternative, he was deported and the aftermath was devastating.
“Having my father all of the sudden faraway from my life was traumatizing. I felt lifeless inside and I nonetheless do,” Rodriguez mentioned.
Different audio system famous that having dad and mom deported can result in immigrant youngsters skipping college and changing into rebellious.
Lautz mentioned when the sheriff’s division voluntarily works with ICE and undocumented immigrants are deported even after serving their sentence, it serves as a double punishment.
Maintaining households collectively and disparate therapy for immigrants helped to deliver Supervisor Matt LaVere on board with the decision.
“These two gadgets actually stood out to me and gave me some actual pause about additional voluntary workings with ICE,” LaVere mentioned.
Supervisor Linda Parks was additionally struck by the tales from households affected by deportation, however neither she nor Supervisor Kelly Lengthy indicated their stance on the decision.
Supervisor Bob Huber famous that Ayub is an independently elected sheriff and this choice is as much as him. He was supportive of Ayub’s autonomy.
Public Defender Claudia Bautista mentioned her workplace obtained in regards to the 58 notifications about inmates who wanted illustration with immigration points. Bautista mentioned her workplace has an immigration specialist available to assist in these conditions.
District Lawyer Erik Nasarenko mentioned prosecutors are barred from asking an individual’s immigration standing and that info can’t be disclosed until a choose permits it. Immigration standing can be not requested of victims who go to the Ventura County Household Justice Middle for assist.
Lastly, Probation Chief Mark Varela mentioned probation officers can not work with ICE with out his administrative approval or the approval of a chief deputy. Sometimes, the company consults with county counsel or the court docket earlier than cooperating.
The probation company can be prohibited beneath regulation from sharing confidential details about “justice-involved youth” with federal officers with out a court docket order.
Megan Diskin is a courts and breaking information reporter with The Star. Attain her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0258.