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Santa Cruz City Council Votes for ICE and "Secure Communities" (S-Comm)
by ~Bradley
Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
On May 10, the Santa Cruz City Council failed, by a 4-3 vote, to pass a resolution in support of AB 1081 (The Trust Act), which would change California's contract with ICE-DHS over "Secure Communities" (S-Comm). AB 1081 honors local governments’ right to decide whether and how to participate in S-Comm.

"Secure Communities" (S-Comm) is a federal program that requires local law enforcement agencies to share the fingerprints of all people arrested to immigration enforcement and target those suspected of immigration violations for detention and deportation. This mandated sharing occurs regardless of the type of crime and even if the charges are dropped.
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ICE has sold S-Comm to local police departments as a program focused on Level I "high-threat" criminal immigrants (such as kidnappers, drug dealers and murders). However, according to ICE's own data, the vast majority (79%) of people deported due to S-Comm are non-criminals or were picked up for lower level offenses, such as traffic offenses or petty juvenile mischief.

Local community members in support of AB 1081, who greatly outnumbered opponents (Take Back Santa Cruz) at the city council meeting, point out that in Santa Cruz County, the percentages of persons deported who are categorized as non-criminals or low level offenders is 86%, which is higher than the national average.
§Santa Cruz City Council
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Santa Cruz Police Department
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Santa Cruz City Council meeting
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Tomas Alejo
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Stop Separating Families
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Vote Yes on AB 1081
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Support AB 1081 Keep Families Together
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Xochi
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Jornaleros de Santa Cruz County
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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Day Laborers of Santa Cruz County
§David Sweet, Community Action Board
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Nayeli
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§No One Is Illegal
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§Immigration Reform Now
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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§"Secure Communities" is Not the Solution
by ~Bradley Tuesday May 10th, 2011 9:20 PM
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