City Council members adopted a resolution declaring Santa Ana “a sanctuary for all its residents, regardless of their immigration status.” They also took another step toward ending the city’s contract with ICE to hold immigration detainees in the city jail.
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City of Santa Ana Takes Steps to Become Sanctuary City Before Trump Takes Office
The city of Santa Ana will vote on a resolution that outlines the necessary steps it needs to take to defend its immigrant community
WHAT: More people were deported under the Obama Administration than any other president in U.S. history. Now with the election of Donald Trump, deportations, immigration enforcement and detention will intensify and we are already experiencing the anxiety and fear our communities are going through as January approaches. As the City of Santa Ana positions itself to protect its immigrant community, we urge the City Council to go beyond symbolic statements, and accept the demands from the community:
1) Protect the information of every resident;
2) Convert the sanctuary resolution into local law through an ordinance before January 20th, 2017;
3) Guarantee the establishment of a Task Force to serve as an accountability mechanism and policy body to advise the city on issues of immigration enforcement and deportations in Santa Ana.
The idea is to involve community members in developing vacant city-owned properties – many of which are empty dirt or gravel lots – into affordable housing, parks, urban micro-farms, and marketplaces for small businesses.
Santa Ana será la primera ciudad en el Condado de Orange en unirse a otras grandes ciudades como Los Ángeles y San Francisco en desafiar las medidas contra los inmigrantes indocumentados de presidente electo, Donald J. Trump, si los miembros del consejo aprueban una resolución el martes.
Santa Ana will be the first in Orange County to join major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco in defying President-elect Donald J. Trump’s promised crackdown on unauthorized immigrants if council members pass a resolution Tuesday.
La respuesta al Presidente-Electo Donald Trump del consejo de Santa Ana es una declaracion del cuidad santuario. Tambien el consejo se enfrenta al syndicato de policias por sus tacticas durante las eleciones.
Immigrant-rights advocates throughout Orange County have begun mobilizing to prepare one of the nation’s most vulnerable immigrant communities for what will assuredly be a harsher stance from Washington D.C.
In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow for more deportations, council members declared Santa Ana a “sanctuary city.” And they harshly criticized the police union’s tactics during the election campaign.
The city’s police union spent heavily to gain control of the council and union-backed candidates won three seats. But it failed to oust Councilman Vincent Sarmiento, who is now seen as a swing vote on police issues.