Santa Ana’s police union argues It is foolish for city council members to cut off a jail contract with ICE. Police Union Presidet Gary Serrano argues council members should do everything possible to re-engage the federal ICE contract and honor the current lawful agreement which in place.
Councilman Jose Solorio proposed keeping the ICE contract, saying it helps detained immigrants stay close to their families and attorneys. Immigration activists loudly opposed it calling Solorio a “Latino Trump.”
In a letter Thursday to city officials, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced they were triggering a 90-day period to cancel the contract, in reaction to decisions by the council to reduce the number of detainees who could be housed there.
Despite public pressure, including a hunger strike, the Santa Ana City Council did not vote this week to close the city’s jail, which houses immigration detainees through a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Activists who see the city’s contract with the federal government to house immigration detainees at the city jail as an insult to Santa Ana’s majority Latino population clashed Tuesday with jail employees who say the activists have painted an inaccurate picture of conditions at the jail.
The city’s jail has long been controversial because it houses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees in a largely Latino city. Tuesday, council members will consider a move toward ending the contract with ICE.
The Santa Ana City Council is, for the first time, publicly considering whether to shutter its controversial city jail. But a back-of-the-napkin analysis of the potential costs of such a decision shows why it’s a “tough nut to crack.”