Contra County Sheriff Ends Contract with ICE

CCC Sheriff ends ICE

Contra County Sheriff Declares End of Contract with ICE

On Tuesday, July 10, Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston announced that he’s ending the West County Detention Facility contract with ICE.

While some warn of unfavorable consequences, the decision by Sheriff Livingston is generally celebrated as an historic victory in Contra Costa County on behalf of human rights and protections.

At an afternoon news conference in Martinez, Sheriff Livingston stated:

“Today I am announcing we are ending the contract with ICE. I recently notified ICE of this decision and asked them to begin the process of removing their detainees in a safe and orderly manner.”

The perceived downside to the Contra Costa Detention Facility no longer contracting with ICE is that its current 169 ICE detainees, some of whom are local Contra Costa County residents with families in the area, will now be sent to facilities at other U.S. localities. Terminating the contract with ICE also means the County will lose $3 million in revenue.

However in the sanctuary State of California, the fact that county law enforcement will no longer be engaged in an agreement with ICE to house ICE detainees, is seen by many as a humanitarian victory.

One official who applauds termination of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department’s contract with ICE is Contra Costa County Supervisor, John Gioia, who stated:

“This is an historic day in Contra Costa County. To the thousands of county residents who have passionately advocated for the end to the detention of immigrants at the West County Jail, thank you.”

West Contra Costa County Detention Center Protest ongoing outrage over the separation and incarceration of children taken from their parents at the US/Mexico border

The past several weeks have witnessed loud demonstrations in front of the West County Jail.

Richmond Vice-Mayor, who has been active in the protests, asserted:

“It’s a victory in the sense that these contracts are going to end. But a justifiable closure is making sure that the families, the folks that are being detained by ICE aren’t just going to be transferred somewhere else like Arizona or Colorado.”

The cancellation of the County Sheriff’s contract with ICE was issued in an atmosphere of increased pressure from community groups, residents and elected officials to end County law enforcement’s agreement with ICE.

A new law that became effective in January, the California Values Act, bars local law enforcement agencies from cooperating and communicating with ICE.

Find more on the Contra Costa Sheriff ending the detention contract with ICE at ABC 7 News: Contra Costa Co. Sheriff cancels jail contract with ICE and EAST BAY TIMES: Contra Costa sheriff to announce end of ICE contract, sources say, the source of this information.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Announces Halt to Concord Detention Center

No Concord Detention

On Thursday, June 28, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (11th Congressional District) announced that the much decried immigration detention center at the former Naval Weapons Station in Concord has been halted.

Initial unofficial news first surfaced the former Wednesday at a city council meeting.

“There will be no relocation camps in Concord or California,” said Guy Bjerke, Concord’s Director of Community Reuse Planning.

On the following Thursday Congressman DeSaulnier announced:

“Currently, Concord Naval Weapons Station land is owned by the Department of Defense. In order to house any facility to detain immigrants, the Department of Defense would have to provide approval. I have received verbal confirmation from the Department of Defense that it has not been asked to host a detention facility at Concord Naval Weapons Station, at this time. We must continue to remain vigilant as the Trump Administration’s policies create the need for more detention centers. We will also be pushing the Navy to fulfill its obligation to transfer the weapons station to Concord effectively eliminating it as a future option [for detention]. I am thankful to Concord and the community for their leadership and support in stopping this effort.”

Yet again progressive civic action by a composite concerned community, in concert with officials who listen and respond, has brought results in favor of human rights and protections.

To see the script of Congressman Desaulnier’s official announcement, click:  Congressman DeSaulnier Receives DoD Confirmation Concord Naval Weapons Station Not Currently Being Considered For Detention Facility

Find further information on this story at ABC 7 News, Congressman DeSaulnier: Plans for Concord immigration center officially halted

El Cerrito SHOWS UP!


El Cerrito SHOWS UP!

Every Thursday
6PM – 7PM
El Cerrito Plaza
Intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. 

As we witness the exponential rise of hatred and violence that has in the past few years come out of the shadows, we are determined to show up for our values and for one another.

We call on you to join in, as we become one voice in our local community.

We hold a weekly gathering at a prominent location in El Cerrito where we can remind people how quickly fascism takes hold when people look the other way or think ‘it can’t happen here. We gather every Wednesday at 6 pm.

Please join us at our ‘Show Up’ every Wednesday evening, at the west entrance to El Cerrito Plaza, intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. We meet on the side nearest to Daiso. If there are enough of us some can stand on other corners.

Our goals are to create a significant community presence to speak out in favor of equality, justice, inclusiveness and more. We say NO to hatred, racism, white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.

You can bring your own sign with your own words expressing what you stand for and against. Use BIG lettering so people in cars can see! We’ll also have sign-making materials. We will assemble lawfully and won’t block the sidewalk. All locations we select will be wheelchair-accessible. To participate you must commit to non-violent and respectful conduct.

All are welcome, family-friendly!

Sponsored By: El Cerrito Shows Up speaks out for equality and against hatred and bigotry.

La Cámara de los Representantes de EE. UU. Vota sobre DACA Esta Semana

ACTUALIZACIÓN 25/06/2018: La Cámara rechazó una votación sobre este proyecto de ley el jueves. No hay próximo voto.

Según Countable, el informe en línea sobre asuntos del Congreso, esta semana del lunes, 25/6/2018, la Cámara de Representantes vota sobre la Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). La sección sobre DACA está acompañada de secciones sobre “Cumplimiento de fronteras” y “Asignaciones y prioridades de visados”. En la sección de DACA, informe Countable:


Estado legal para ciertas llegadas infantiles: Esta sección crearía un estado legal renovable de seis años para inmigrantes no autorizados elegibles conocido como” estado contingente no inmigrante “que les permitiría solicitar tarjetas de residencia (estatus de residente permanente legal) después de cinco años. los inmigrantes serían elegibles para el estado contingente no inmigrante si:

  • Están físicamente presentes en los EE. UU. Cuando hacen su solicitud y estuvieron físicamente presentes en los EE. UU. El 15 de junio de 2007;
  • Tenían menos de 16 años cuando ingresaron por primera vez al país;
  • Tenían menos de 31 años el 15 de junio de 2012 y no tenían un estatus legal de inmigración en esa fecha;
  • Son de buen carácter moral y han solicitado la liberación de los registros judiciales de menores a DHS;
  • Haber mantenido una presencia física continua en los EE. UU. Desde el 15 de junio de 2012 hasta que se les otorgue el estado contingente de no inmigrante;
  • Haber obtenido un diploma de escuela secundaria o un equivalente en los EE. UU. O estar inscripto a tiempo completo en una institución educativa.

Los inmigrantes no autorizados no serían elegibles para el estado contingente de no inmigrante si tienen:

  • Una condena por delito grave o un delito grave con agravantes;
  • Una convicción de delito menor por violencia doméstica, abuso o negligencia infantil, agresión que resulta en lesiones corporales; o violando una orden de protección;
  • Una condena por agresión sexual en cualquier momento;
  • Una o más ofensas clasificadas como delitos menores que involucran conducir en estado de ebriedad (DWI) o manejar bajo la influencia (DUI);
  • Dos o más delitos menores por infracciones no relacionadas con conducir bajo la influencia o causar daños corporales físicos;

Condenas de menores por delitos relacionados con homicidio, homicidio, homicidio, violación, violación legal, cualquier delito de naturaleza sexual que involucre a una víctima menor de 18 años, un delito de violencia o tráfico de drogas;

No cumplió con una orden de expulsión o un acuerdo de salida voluntaria o es deportable o inadmisible por razones específicas.

Los no inmigrantes contingentes mayores de 18 años tendrían que demostrar la capacidad de mantenerse a sí mismos con un ingreso anual que sea al menos el 125 por ciento del nivel de pobreza federal durante el período en que tengan un estado contingente de no inmigrante. Estarán exentos de este requisito si están inscriptos en la escuela, tienen una discapacidad física o mental, o son el cuidador de un niño menor de 18 años o un adulto que no puede cuidar de sí mismo debido a una discapacidad.

Los no inmigrantes contingentes tendrían que solicitar autorización del DHS para viajar fuera del país y ser readmitidos, y no podrían estar fuera de los EE. UU. Durante más de 180 días durante cada período de 6 años en que estén en estado contingente de no inmigrante. Habría excepciones por circunstancias atenuantes y servicio militar.

El período de solicitud estará abierto durante un año después de que el DHS publique su regla final interina para solicitudes contingentes de no inmigrantes. El proceso incluiría completar un formulario que incluye la provisión de documentos fiscales, documentos que demuestren su identidad (como un pasaporte, certificado de nacimiento), una transcripción escolar certificada (según sea necesario para cumplir con los requisitos de educación) y una entrevista. También se requerirá una tarifa única de seguridad en la frontera de $ 1,000 como parte del proceso de solicitud.

Los inmigrantes no autorizados detenidos antes o durante el proceso de solicitud recibirán la oportunidad de solicitar la condición contingente de no inmigrante si son elegibles para tal estado. Su capacidad de aplicar se anularía si no son elegibles por alguna de las razones anteriores, o si el DHS determina que su eliminación es en interés de la seguridad nacional.”

Consulte (únase) a Countable para ver un informe completo sobre el proyecto de ley propuesto, que incluye “Aplicación de la frontera” y “Asignaciones y prioridades de visados”.

Si está interesado en la votación de la Cámara sobre DACA, comuníquese con sus senadores y representante.

Para obtener más información sobre el soporte continuo para DACA, consulte el artículo de septiembre de 2017 CBS News, Fifteen states and D.C. file lawsuit over DACA.

U.S. House of Representatives Votes on DACA this Week

UPDATE 6/25/2018: The House rejected a vote on this bill on Thursday. No upcoming vote.

According to Countable, the online report on Congressional issues, this week of Monday, 6/25/2018, the House votes on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The section on DACA is accompanied by sections on “Border Enforcement” and “Visa Allocations and Priorities”. On the DACA section, Countable reports:


Legal Status for Certain Childhood Arrivals: This section would create a renewable, six year legal status for eligible unauthorized immigrants known as “contingent nonimmigrant status” which would allow them to apply for green cards (lawful permanent resident status) after five years. Unauthorized immigrants would be eligible for contingent nonimmigrant status if they:

  • Are physically present in the U.S. when they make their application and were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2007;
  • Were younger than 16 years of age when they first entered the country;
  • Were under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012 and had no lawful immigration status on that date;
  • Are of good moral character and have requested the release of any juvenile court records to DHS;
  • Have maintained continuous physical presence in the U.S. from June 15, 2012 until they’re granted contingent non-immigrant status;
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalent in the U.S. or are enrolled full-time at an educational institution.

Unauthorized immigrants would be ineligible for contingent non-immigrant status if they have:

  • A felony conviction or an aggravated felony;
  • A misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, assault resulting in bodily injury; or violating a protection order;
  • A conviction for sexual assault at any time;
  • One or more offenses classified as misdemeanors involving driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Two or more misdemeanors for any offenses unrelated to driving under the influence or causing physical bodily harm;
  • Juvenile convictions for offenses related to murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, statutory rape, any offense of a sexual nature involving a victim under the age of 18, a crime of violence, or drug dealing;
  • Failed to comply with a removal order or voluntary departure agreement or are deportable or inadmissible for specified reasons.

Contingent non-immigrants over the age of 18 would have to demonstrate an ability to support themselves with an annual income that’s at least 125 percent of the federal poverty level throughout the period they have contingent non-immigrant status. They’d be exempt from this requirement if they’re enrolled in school, are physically or mentally disabled, or are the caregiver of either a child under the age of 18 or an adult who is incapable of self-care because of a disability.

Contingent non-immigrants would have to request authorization by DHS to travel outside the country and be re-admitted, and couldn’t be outside the U.S. for more than 180 days during each 6 year period they’re in contingent non-immigrant status. There would be exceptions for extenuating circumstances and military service.

The application period would be open for one year after DHS publishes its interim final rule for contingent non-immigrant applications. The process would include completing a form that includes the provision of tax documents, documents demonstrating identity (like a passport, birth certificate), a certified school transcript (as needed to comply with education requirements), and an interview. A one-time border security fee of $1,000 would also be required as part of the application process.

Unauthorized immigrants apprehended before or during the application process would be given an opportunity would be given an opportunity to apply for contingent non-immigrant status if they appear eligible for such status. Their ability to apply would be rescinded if they become ineligible for one of the above reasons, or if DHS determines their removal to be in the interest of national security.”

See (join) Countable to see a full report on the proposed bill, including “Border Enforcement” and “Visa Allocations and Priorities.”

If you’re interested in the House vote on DACA, contact your senators and representative.

For more information on ongoing support for DACA, see the September, 2017 CBS News article, Fifteen states and D.C. file lawsuit over DACA.

Niños Desgarrados de sus Familias en la Frontera: Qué Podemos Hacer

Trump Immigration

La imagen de arriba del East Bay Times muestra a dos niñas de cientos, en su mayoría niños inmigrantes centroamericanos, en una celda de aduanas de los EE. UU., donde están separadas por grupo de edad y sexo. Aislados de sus padres, los jóvenes detenidos, incluso los más pequeños, languidecen en condiciones de vida inciertas en espera de ser procesados.

Nos golpean repetidamente los horrendos relatos de niños arrancados de sus familias al cruzar la frontera con Estados Unidos, muchos de los cuales buscan asilo de la violencia en sus propios países. Tratados como sospechosos y casi criminales, muchas de estas familias deberían recibir el estatuto de refugiado.

Nosotros, como ciudadanos y residentes de EE. UU., muchas veces nos sentimos impotentes para ayudar a aliviar la situación de detención que sufren quienes huyen por sus vidas. Pero es algo que podemos hacer, como salió a la luz en un editorial de East Bay Times escrito por Cathy Hanville a nombre del El Cerrito Progressives (ECP) Racial and Social Justice Committee.

Cathy nos recuerda las opciones cívicas que cualquiera de nosotros puede tomar:

“Una cosa que todos podemos hacer, dice ella, es contactar a nuestros senadores y representantes para pedirles que vayan a un centro de detención donde están detenidos los niños y documenten las condiciones”.

Cathy continúa sugiriendo cómo “también podemos pedirles a nuestros miembros del Congreso que se nieguen a votar sobre nuevas solicitudes presupuestarias o fondos para ICE hasta que cese esta política de separación familiar”.

Todos hemos sido testigos de la falta general de conciencia con respecto a quienes lo necesitan. Vemos los campamentos sin hogar de la “ciudad de tiendas de campaña” debajo de los pasos a desnivel de la autopista, vemos gente pidiendo ayuda en ubicaciones en toda la Bahía Este, desde ubicaciones de comida rápida hasta estaciones de BART. Muchas más bicicletas están en las calles en lugar de autos inasequibles, taxis e incluso opciones de Uber.

A medida que trabajamos para crear un movimiento consciente hacia el alivio para los necesitados, debemos incluir a los refugiados reales, como siempre, incluso en los tiempos difíciles, ha sido la “Manera Estadounidense”.

Immigrant children separated from parents

Aquí tenemos una organización cívica y residente de El Cerrito que no solo ha iluminado el problema, sino que también ha ideado una solución viable. Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es cuidarnos.

La información presentada en esta comunicación se origina en: EAST BAY TIMES – LETTERS TO THE. EDITOR: How we all help child refugees torn from their families at the border.

Para obtener más información sobre la acción cívica en apoyo de las familias que han sido separadas en la frontera, ver: EAST BAY TIMES: Father’s Day protest outside Richmond ICE facility decries family-separation policy.