The Love Affair That Wasn’t is Now Over
Damaging relationship between ICE and Sheriff hurt community most and benefited no one
Los Angeles – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles reacted positively to a Los Angeles Times story that described several California counties, among them Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino, as less enthusiastic about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers which had local Sheriff departments acting like immigration officers and helping in the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Executive Director, had the following reaction:
“As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff finally joins others in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and elsewhere in stopping to honor ICE detainers, holding immigrants for immigration officials for up to 48 hours past their release time. The damaging aspect of ICE/Sheriff collaboration has reportedly come to an end and we couldn’t be any more pleased.
The significance of this decision is multifold, but it sends a strong signal to DHS that this county will no longer be bullied into doing the dirty work of cruel and unjust deportations. Through the dragnet ICE calls the “Secure Communities” program, the Sheriff department has been guilty of separating countless families since it started implementation locally in 2009. S-Comm, with the Sheriff’s complicity, has shown time and time again these deportations hurt mostly immigrants who are anything but a threat to the community.
We welcome the news because our local Sheriff should have never agreed to become a de-facto arm of ICE to begin with. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Since we know ICE has a quota to deport and detain some 400,000 immigrants a year, what will their next move be? Will our Los Angeles Police Department follow suit? And will our Sheriff department hold the line as it should and stand for community, safety, and protection?”