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Concern re: ICE access to County Jail and notifications of release

From: domainremoved <Geoff>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:48:20 +0000

Dear City Council Members,

Thank you for your ongoing support and work on behalf of our immigrant communities within Menlo Park. I was at the Council Meeting on April 18th and appreciated the very informative presentations related to Menlo Park’s exploration of what it would mean for Menlo Park to declare itself a “sanctuary” city.

One of the people who spoke was, I think, the assistant sheriff who said that ICE has access to the county jails. However, he clarified that inmates are notified that they have the right not to speak with ICE and that they do not honor ICE detainer requests. But then he said that ICE often asks for the release date of inmates and confirmed that the sheriff’s department honors those requests.

What I would like to know is this, what is the difference between honoring ICE detainer requests and denying them but notifying ICE when the inmates are released? Are we denying the detainer requests for the sake of appearance while then allowing them by providing release dates so all ICE has to do is wait for them outside? This seems to be a ridiculous slight of hand that violates the spirit and purpose of denying the detainer requests to begin with.

Finally, I recognize that this may be something that, because it is a county issue, may not be within your purview of influence or responsibility, but I want to raise it as a seemingly glaring oversight and contradiction that needs to be addressed. If you know to whom I should address my concerns on the county level, I would be most grateful.

Thank you for your attention and efforts for all people of Menlo Park,

Pr. Geoff
Pastor Geoff Browning
Campus Minister
Progressive Christians _at_(domainremoved)Stanford
United Campus Christian Ministry
PO Box 20149
Stanford, CA 94309
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
Archbishop Hélder Câmara of Brazil
Received on Wed Apr 19 2017 - 21:53:39 PDT

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