ICE Out of Marin y Justicia Para Todos, a coalition focused on changing the immoral policies of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and other Marin County law enforcement agencies, rallied at a special Board of Supervisors Truth Act Community Forum on July 9.
As they did last November, coalition members presented the same demands regarding Marin County’s cooperation with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). “We are concerned with the level of cooperation our Sheriff still has with ICE, especially now when entering our deportation and detention system is an entrance into hell,” stated Lisa Bennett, Co-Chair, ICE Out of Marin. “Handing over people to ICE is something we have always opposed, and any organization which continues to facilitate deportations given the current atrocities needs a morality check.”
In addition, the coalition will use the opportunity for public discourse to redefine “public safety” from the lens of gender-based violence and the ways ICE cooperation actually makes women more vulnerable.
Under the California TRUTH Act (AB 2792), effective January 1, 2018, City Councils and Boards of Supervisors in California are required to hold at least one community forum per year if the Police or Sheriff’s department allowed ICE to access at least one individual in their custody in the previous year. The community forums are intended to provide the public with information as to how local law enforcement agencies entangle themselves with federal immigration authorities.
Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle’s continued collaboration with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is a serious community concern, impacting the safety and well being of Marin residents.
More than 25 Marin organizations support the TRUTH Act Forum to insure the Board of Supervisors holds public hearings and takes action against Sheriff Doyle for practices which do not contribute to enhanced public safety, do not reflect the values of this county, and are out of step with best practices of other Bay Area county law enforcement agencies.
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