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For Immediate Release

OC Young Democrats Release Statement Condemning OC Supervisors Vote On Immigrant Detention

Orange County— May 9th, 2017 — The Orange County Young Democrats issued the following statement Tuesday after the OC Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to expand capacity for ICE detainees in Orange County jails at the request of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

“The Orange County Young Democrats strongly condemn the all-Republican Orange County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous decision to expand capacity for ICE detainees in Orange County’s jails. This vote occurs at the same time that a majority of California’s local governments and police agencies, including the Santa Ana City Council, are bravely resisting the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant actions and policies. These policies erode trust between law enforcement and our communities, and ultimately will make our cities less safe. Nevertheless, Republican OC Supervisors, Michelle Steel, Andrew Do, Todd Spitzer, Shawn Nelson, Lisa Bartlett, have chosen to align themselves with President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Well over 40 members of our community, including religious leaders, veterans and immigrant rights’ activists, attended today’s meeting to speak out against the Board inhumanely profiting off of immigrants and the fear-mongering message that this ICE vote sends to our community. Nevertheless, the Board voted unanimously in favor of the measure.

We call upon the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff’s Department to abide by federal and state law, uphold civil rights, and work to improve the trust between our communities and local law enforcement agencies.”

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About the Orange County Young Democrats:

We are Orange County young workers, young families, college and high school students— ages 14-35 — who are committed to Democratic Values. OCYD meets the second Wednesday of each month and brings together a diverse coalition of community members. For more information, visit us online at OCYD.org or Facebook.com/TheRealOCYD.  You can also find us on Twitter: @OCYD.

Contact: Justin Massey, OCYD Communications Director

Phone: (949) 973-0878

Email: JustinSMassey@gmail.com

Twitter: @JustinSMassey

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