Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mayor, Activist Protest Jones' Forum to Promote ICE

The Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg took aim Monday at Sheriff Scott Jones’ decision to host a public forum with the nation’s top immigration enforcement official, calling the decision “cynical” and “mean.”
Steinberg said he will be joined by a large group of protesters before the Tuesday forum with Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan. Labor unions, faith leaders and pro-immigrant groups are expected at the vigil, while state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is expected to attend the forum.
“This is the worst time for an elected official to organize such a forum to stoke the fears of people, people who are already afraid,” Steinberg said. “We’re going to make it clear that the people of Sacramento stand with those who are just trying to make a place for themselves in our great country and in our great state.”

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“We wanted to come here to send a very clear message: (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is not welcomed here,” said Salvador Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Sarmiento also delivered a public records request Monday to the Sheriff’s Department seeking communications between Jones’ office and the federal immigration agency about state Senate Bill 54. Authored by de León, the bill would prohibit local and state law enforcement from assisting ICE and other federal immigration authorities.

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Pastor Les Simmons of the South Sacramento Christian Center urged supporters of SB 54 and those concerned by deportations to attend the vigil before Homan’s public forum to “publicly state our support for immigrant families and those who are most at risk at this moment.”
“ICE is trying to instill fear in our immigrant communities here in California and in Sacramento,” Simmons said.

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