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    Crime Capital of Orange County Now Official Sanctuary City | Dec 2016

    Crime Capital of Orange County Now Official Sanctuary City | Dec 2016

    December 7, 2016



    S.G. Sarmiento, right, of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network addresses the media during a news conference with other immigration rights activists in front of City Hall on Tuesday. They were voicing their support for Santa Ana becoming a sanctuary city.
    (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    SANTA ANA – Santa Ana officials have called the city a sanctuary for all residents – regardless of immigration status – but ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, they adopted a resolution that makes it official.

    Council members voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of adopting a sanctuary resolution that requires the city to strengthen various policies that already exist to further protect residents.

    Those policies include prohibiting the use of city resources for immigration enforcement, reaffirming commitment to preventing biased-based policing, exercising maximum discretion in policing, protecting sensitive information, and providing training for affected employees, officials and agents.

    City Manager David Cavazos said he believes Santa Ana is “the first (city) in Orange County that has put together this type of resolution.”

    At the beckoning of more than 40 speakers, council members tweaked the resolution to establish an oversight task force rather than just explore establishing it and directed Cavazos to bring a sanctuary ordinance for consideration at the Dec. 20 meeting.

    “In the spirit of good faith, let’s make it a resolution today, but let’s make it an ordinance and let’s put it up for consideration at the next meeting,” Councilman Sal Tinajero said. “I hope you hold the other council members that are coming up, that you hold their feet to the fire, because they’re Latino, too.”

    While a resolution is a statement of policy, an ordinance is a specific law that upon violation would be potentially punishable by either a fine, a misdemeanor or imprisonment, said Jorge Garcia, senior management assistant for the City Manager’s Office.

    The council voted to excuse Councilwoman Michele Martinez’s absence, but not Mayor Miguel Pulido’s. Clerk of the Council Maria Huizar said Pulido did not give a reason for his absence, and often does not.

    Council members also took steps toward phasing out a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Santa Ana Jail. They voted 5-0 to notify ICE that the city will reduce the number of detainees to a maximum of 128, leading to the closure of one module and a $663,743 annual net revenue loss.

    “ICE may argue that the agreement does not allow the city’s unilateral decision to reduce capacity, but staff believes that this action would be consistent with the City Council direction to phase out the ICE agreement altogether in the future,” the staff report states.

    Additional recommendations include continuing to hire part-time instead of full-time correctional officers, negotiating officer retirement incentives and releasing a request for qualifications for a jail reuse study.

    Immigrant rights activists called on council members to come up with a specific timeline to end the contract before inauguration day.

    “A city with a contract with immigration enforcement is not a sanctuary city,” said S.G. Sarmiento, legislative director for the National Day Labor Organizing Network, who lives in Santa Ana. “Other local allies should know that.”

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/c...esolution.html

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    This reinforces my decision as to WHY I left Southern California......
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    Ridiculous. Shielding criminals is a goal now? Lawbreakers wanted?
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