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    CA: Civil rights groups vow to continue fight to ban immigra

    Civil rights groups vow to continue fight to ban immigrant screening program for inmates
    Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
    Posted: 11/07/2009 06:09:49 AM PST

    Civil rights organizations have acknowledged they face an uphill battle trying to stop an illegal immigrant screening program for jail inmates, following the county's renewed partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    But they vowed to continue their fight against the 287 (g) program, and also planned to start educating neighborhoods and groups about the effects it could have on people not behind bars.

    "Even though it's limited to detention facilities, there is a rippling effect in community," said Belinda Escobosa Helzer, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in Orange County. "They tend to identify police officers as immigration officers. It disrupts the community trust which is needed for police officers to do their job on the street."

    The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors extended its partnership with ICE last Tuesday, allowing sheriff's custody specialists to screen inmates and place federal holds on them if they are suspected of being illegal immigrants.

    Third District Supervisor Neil Derry said the program is designed to target criminals who happen to be illegal immigrants. He called the county's need for the program "a matter of public safety."

    The ACLU submitted a letter to the president in August, demanding the program be terminated, citing racial profiling and civil rights abuses by law enforcement.

    The letter was signed by more than 500 organizations, including ACORN, the California

    Joanne Lin, an ACLU attorney in Washington, D.C., said abuses by law enforcement have been occurring across the country.

    "We contend it has been abused in such a manner that we have deputies or state troopers setting up outside churches and parishes frequented by Latinos, or trailer parks and flea markets where there are large numbers of Latinos," she said.

    If the Department of Homeland Security does not terminate the program, Lin said the ACLU plans to push for a temporary suspension so it can be examined further.

    Sheriff's officials said they don't book people in jail for traffic infractions and some misdemeanor offenses, so the fears of using the 287 (g) to capture illegal immigrants at checkpoints or traffic stops in San Bernardino County are unfounded.

    "We don't allow people to be booked for not having a license or a traffic infraction," said sheriff's Lt. Rick Ells.

    Civil rights groups have held workshops locally, including at the Diocese of San Bernardino, to help immigrant communities understand the program.

    Bobbi Jo Chavarria, member of the group ACORN, said community outreach is also on the horizon for the Fontana branch of their organization. They're meeting Monday to discuss options on how to make the public aware of 287 (g).

    "We're talking about what the next step is," she said.

    Officials with the Diocese of San Bernardino said they hope to work with the Sheriff's Department and the county to help the public understand how the program is being enforced.

    "We feel like this agreement creates a climate of fear and distrust among documented and undocumented people towards the police," said John Andrews, spokesman for the diocese.

    Groups supporting the program say they're not surprised to see opposition in the county. Ray Herrera, president and founder of We The People, a Claremont-based political activist organization, said he plans to thank the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for renewing the program.

    "The only people complaining are the criminals and the criminal sympathizers," he said.


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    Re: CA: Civil rights groups vow to continue fight to ban imm

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    "They tend to identify police officers as immigration officers. It disrupts the community trust which is needed for police officers to do their job on the street."

    What garbage. Rich activists, like the millionaire Geraldo Rivera, have managed to divide this country into two groups: child-like Latinos who want to be well compensated for their "victim" status and the American citizen who is being made into a sucker to pay for it all.

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    "We contend it has been abused in such a manner that we have deputies or state troopers setting up outside churches and parishes frequented by Latinos, or trailer parks and flea markets where there are large numbers of Latinos," she said.

    Why shouldn’t they? Why aren’t they checking the citizenship of each and every one of them? Until we make it more uncomfortable and more of a hardship to be here illegally they have no reason to think twice about coming here illegally.

    Sheriff's officials said they don't book people in jail for traffic infractions and some misdemeanor offenses, so the fears of using the 287 (g) to capture illegal immigrants at checkpoints or traffic stops in San Bernardino County are unfounded.

    "We don't allow people to be booked for not having a license or a traffic infraction," said sheriff's Lt. Rick Ells.


    Why don’t they? If the offender has committed a crime, even a traffic crime, has no license or identification why aren’t they hauled in immediately, suspected of being illegal aliens, to be greated fondly by good ol’ #287(g) and deportation if they are illegals?

    "The only people complaining are the criminals and the criminal sympathizers," he said.

    Then efforts to identify and deport them all need to be stepped up exponentially. If we can hear them complaining they’re still here. That’s not acceptable and it’s costing us money, jobs and homes.

    It doesn’t have to. Make it impossible for them to survive. Step up efforts to identify and deport them. Deny all benefits – food stamps and medical. Set high fines and mandatory minimum jail time for employers who hire them. No work, no money, no place to live, no food, no medical care. We won’t have to pay to ship them back over the border. They’ll get themselves back there, giving others reason to think twice before trying to come here illegally themselves.
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    Civil rights organizations have acknowledged they face an uphill battle trying to stop an illegal immigrant screening program for jail inmates, following the county's renewed partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    These bastards do not even want illegal invaders who end up in jail to be deported! Every illegal invader is sacred in their eyes and should never be deported!
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    Are you kidding me????? Open your eyes, there IS an ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION problem in California and the rest of the United States! Just because a person, is white, black, hispanic, etc does'nt mean they cant be stopped by law enforcement! Are we suppossed to give them free reign to do whatever they want as illegals? Are we suppossed to allow them to rape, murder without checking to see of they are illegals??? These people are IDIOTS and they are the RACIESTS not law enforcement.

    Why in the whole wide world do you think people joke about California, being MEXIFORNIA ??????

    Because thats whats its turning in!!!!! DUH
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