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Halt the 287(g) program! ¡Alto al programa 287(g)!

by Rockero Thursday, Sep. 03, 2009 at 5:05 PM
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Friday, August 28, 2009 SAN BERNARDINO, California--Immigrant rights advocates and their allies held a press conference today to demand that local law enforcement agencies terminate or not renew their agreements with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), referred to as 287(g) agreements after a 1996 amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Viernes, el 28 de agosto, 2009 SAN BERNARDINO, California-- En una rueda de prensa, un grupo de activistas pro-inmigrantes, en conjunto con sus aliados, exigieron que las agencias locales de orden público pusieran fin o que no renovaran sus acuerdos con la agencia migratoria ICE. Tales acuerdos son denominados acuerdos 287(g) por la numeración de una enmienda a el Acta de Inmigración y Nacionalidad de 1996.

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The conference was held in front of the county building, which houses many county offices and is the site of board of supervisors meetings, and was followed by the delivery of a letter enumerating the group's demands to the board of supervisors. The local action was part of a coordinated effort to act against 287(g) agreements nationwide.

Members of the Inland Empire Justice for Immigrants Network, as well as representatives of the Rapid Response Network, the San Bernardino Community Service Center, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, ACORN, and the Laborer's Union (LiUNA) held a large banner before the entrance.

"We're here today to announce a letter signed by over 500 organizations throughout the country to president Obama denouncing the expansion of the 287(g) agreements last month," explained Suzanne Foster, executive director of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center. "We're here as local residents to ask that our decisionmakers here in the county of San Bernardino not re-sign their 287(g) contract with the Department of Homeland Security. This program is nationally condemned because of its well-documented civil rights abuses and mismanagement. We ask that the county of San Bernardino not re-enter into this agreement until these abuses have been investigated and until the program can be adequately supervised and monitored," she continued.

Reverend David Kalke of the Central City Lutheran Mission spoke next, emphasizing his concern that the 287(g) agreements resulted in racial profiling of Latinos and that the deportations resulted in separation of families.

The following speaker, a representative of the Rapid Response Network, introduced Rocío Martínez, a US citizen who has been affected by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's department's 287(g) agreement. "I'm another one of those people who has been affected by these injustices. My husband was detained simply because of his Latino appearance. For not having a license, he was deported at the hands of the sheriff. So, it's been about a month since he was deported and it has affected me deeply, emotionally, because I no longer have my companion with me." Her voice began to crack. "I would really like to see an end to all this, because I'm not the last person to have this happen to them. Many others are also exposed to the injustice. As a citizen I ask that my vote, which I gave to Obama--I would ask that he put an end to this and enact immigration reform."

Emilio Amaya, the executive director of the San Bernardino Community Services Center spoke next, raising the issue of the community's relationship with law enforcement. "This type of agreement undermines the trust of our community in our local police departments and our local sheriff's office. We believe we need a department that focuses on the issues of the community, and not on trying to stop and deport people. The MOU [memorandum of understanding] basically makes our sheriff's office a de facto immigration authority and our community doesn't want that. We don't want victims of crime to be hesitant and to not call our police department or sheriff's office just because they fear deportation proceedings."

After a word of thanks, Pastor Jaime Kim of CLUE ended with a statement of concern. "We as people of faith believe that all people have the right to justice and equality."

A small delegation then entered the building to deliver copies of the letter to each of the five supervisors and announced its intention to promptly deliver the same letter to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

As of August 2008, ICE admitted to having 63 with local law enforcement agencies nationwide,1 although that number is certain to have grown since then. Of those 63, all four of the agreements are with Southern California sheriff's departments, including those of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties.



1 "Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287(g) Immigration and Nationality Act." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. August 18, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2009. http://www.ice.gov/partners/287g/Section287_g.htm







La conferencia se realizó ante el edificio del condado, lugar donde se ubican una variedad de despachos del condado al igual que ser el local de las juntas de la mesa de supervisores del condado de San Bernardino, y fue seguida de la entrega de una carta detallando la petición del grupo. Esta acción local formó parte de un esfuerzo coordinado en contra de los acuerdos 287(g) a nivel nacional.

Miembros de la red Justicia para Inmigrantes del Inland Empire, en coordinación con representantes de la Línea de Respuesta Rápida, el Centro de Servicios Comunitarios de San Bernardino, Clero y Laicado Unidos para Justicia Económica (CLUE), el Centro de Oportunidad Económica de Pomona, ACORN, y el Sindicato de Obreros (LiUNA) sostuvieron una pancarta grande afuera de la entrada al edificio.

"Estamos aquí para denunciar el programa 287(g) en el condado de San Bernardino, que es un programa entre el departamento de inmigración y los sheriffs del condado de San Bernardino," explicó Suzanne Foster, directora ejecutiva del Centro de Oportunidad Económica de Pomona. "Estamos entregando una carta a cada supervisor del condado de San Bernardino pidiendo que no firmen el nuevo acuerdo con el departamento de Homeland Security [Seguridad Interna] y que terminen el programa 287(g) en este condado. Este programa está condenado por los abusos de derechos civiles y el mal manejo que se ha documentado. Pedimos que el condado de San Bernardino no renueva este acuerdo hasta que estos abusos se investiguen y hasta que el programa puede ser supervisado y monitoreado adecuadamente," continuó.

El siguiente orador fue el Reverendo David Kalke de la Misión Luterana de Central City, quien expresó su preocupación que los acuerdos 287(g) resultan en el perfilamiento racial de la gente latina y que las deportaciones consecuentes separan las familias.

Después, una representante de la Línea de Respuesta Rápida presentó a Rocío Martínez, una ciudadana estadounidense que se vio afectada por el acuerdo 287(g) del departamento del alguacil del condado de San Bernardino. "Soy una más de las personas que han sido afectadas por estas injusticias. Mi esposo fue detenido únicamente por su aspecto latino, y por no tener licencia, a manos del sheriff fue deportado. Entonces, hace un mes que fue deportado. A mí me ha afectado mucho emocionalmente, puesto que no tengo a mi compañero conmigo." Su voz comenzó a sonar quebrantada. "Yo, por mi parte, quisiera que todo esto parara, pues porque no soy la última a la que le ha pasado todo esto. Hay más personas que están expuestas a la injusticia. Yo sí, como ciudadana al menos, yo sí pido que mi voto, que fue dado para Obama, yo pido que pare todo esto. Que haya una reforma migratoria para esto que no siga pasando."

Emilio Amaya, director ejecutivo del Centro de Servicios Comunitarios de San Bernardino habló con respecto a la relación de la comunidad con las agencias de orden público. "La otra preocupación, aparte del hecho no sólo del perfil racial es la manera en que este tipo de acuerdo atenta en contra de la política de policía comunitaria que necesitamos. Evita y termina la confianza que nuestra comunidad pueda tener en los departamentos de policía. Entonces es importante que los supervisores de este condado tomen esto en consideración porque no queremos que nuestra gente tenga miedo de su policía local. No queremos que nuestra gente le tema llamar a la oficina del alguacil cuando son víctimas de un delito."

Después de un agradecimiento, la pastora Jaime Kim de CLUE terminó con una declaración de inquietud. "Nosotros como personas de fe creemos que toda persona tiene el derecho a la justicia y la igualdad."

Luego una delegación pequeña entró al edificio a entregar copias de la carta y anunció su inteción de entregar la misma carta a la mesa de supervisores del condado de Riverside.

A partir de agosto del 2008, ICE constaba que tenía acuerdos con 63 agencias locales,1 aunque esta cifra seguramente habrá aumentado desde entonces. Cuatro de esos 63 acuerdos son entre ICE y departamentos de alguacil del sur de California, incluyendo los de los condados de Los Ángeles, Orange, Riverside, y San Bernardino.



1 "Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287(g) Immigration and Nationality Act." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. August 18, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2009. http://www.ice.gov/partners/287g/Section287_g.htm

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287(g) Press Conference

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Reverend from the Lutheran Mission

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Director of the San Bernardino Community Services Center

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Jaime Kim and Moisés Escalante of CLUE

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