Breaking: Immigrant and LGBTQ Rights Leaders in Santa Ana Demand Answers, Action from Councilman Jose Solorio on ICE Contract

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2017

Contact: Hairo Cortes, 657-272-3475, hairo@ociyu.org

Ruben A Barreto, ruben.barreto@sa-bhc.org, 714-421-5973

Breaking: Immigrant and LGBTQ Rights Leaders in Santa Ana Demand Answers, Action from Councilman Jose Solorio on ICE Contract

With word spreading across town that ICE is getting ready to cancel its immigrant detention contract with the City, Councilman Solorio has a clear choice: facilitate its phase out or defend the prison for profit business model

Santa Ana, CA – Immigrant and LGBTQ rights organizers have congregated at the Santa Ana City Hall to demand a meeting with and answers from Councilman Jose Solorio, following reports of moves on his part to rally support for the city’s ICE Contract and preservation of the city jail, including from the city’s employees union SEIU 721.

Following votes by the Santa Ana City Council to reduce the maximum number of beds used for immigrant detention purposes in the jail, as well as to become a Sanctuary City by adopting stronger protections for its immigrant residents, immigrant and LGBTQ rights leaders have begun hearing word that ICE is getting ready to phase out its immigrant detention contract with the city.

Over the weekend Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU) received information about a meeting between Councilman Solorio and leaders of SEIU 721 as well as other stakeholders in the city, from one of the meeting’s participants, during which Solorio warned of impending action by ICE to cancel its immigrant detention contract with the city, urged for a stronger defense of the city jail on the part of those present, and requested letters of support for the jail by Wednesday January 25th.

“Councilman Solorio’s actions raise a litany of questions. We have made it clear time and again that as long as the city continues to profit from immigrant detention it cannot consider itself a true Sanctuary for immigrants. Rather than spend energy and city resources on maintaining defending an inhumane prison for profit business model when the community is not looking, the Councilman should use his political influence to ensure that the ICE contract is phased, and that the city becomes a tireless advocate for the release of those currently detained within its jail,” said Roberto Carlos Herrera.

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  • Rintrah

    Great work exposing Solorio. This “Montana” poster has a history of supporting the police union and not incidentally, their errand boy, suave Solorio- at every opportunity (read his earlier posts). He seems to be a police union troll- the familiarity with the working gals on Harbor in this post, other posts have equally creepy and salacious lines. Fun research on the troll phenomenon.

  • Antonio Montana

    Why do these organizations believe that ending the contract with ICE and closing this facility will result in the “immediate release” of inmates? These people are in federal custody for one reason or another and the closing of a facility does not lead to release. It will, however, lead to the transfer of inmates to other federal housing facilities throughout the country.

    If these LGBTQ organizations in Santa Ana care as much as they claim to about transgender women why are they not out on the street advocating for them near the area of 15th and Main? You have numerous organizations out on Harbor and Hazard doing their best to get human trafficking victims of the streets and away from their pimps. Why aren’t any of these organizations working to help their transgender sisters get off the streets and away from prostitution?

    Hairo and Ruben, what have you done for these prostitutes? Have you helped them get off the streets so they don’t contract AIDS and then get arrested for felony prostitution charges that lead to deportation? I’m not a prostitution expert but my understanding is that prostitution is a misdemeanor resulting in a citation and release unless you have AIDS; at which point it becomes a felony charge and could potentially lead to deportation if you are undocumented. Or is your only aim to end an ICE contract so that these potential deportees can be “immediately released” and head right back to the streets?

    I see this as typical of liberals and the far reaching left today: do whatever you want and ignore law and order. If you get in trouble for breaking the law, throw a temper tantrum and blame everyone else but yourself. There are a lot of hard working undocumented immigrants living in the city of Santa Ana who disagree with your beliefs. They are here to work hard and EARN their way. No handouts. You soil their image with your idiocracy.

    • Jacki Livingston

      Careful, your ignorance is showing. Clearly, what you know about prostitution can be etched on the head of a pin, and still have room left over for the Lord’s Prayer and the lyrics to InaGadda da Vida.

  • Paul Lucas

    How did Solorio vote on the sanctuary city status?