PRIORITY TALKING POINTS
- We recognize the humanity and value of every person who calls Marin their home, no matter their background, what they look like, or where they were born. Immigrants are our friends, our family members, our co-workers, our neighbors, and us.
- Every single person deserves fair treatment in our legal system. We need to make sure we uphold due process rights for everyone, including immigrants. If we erode due process for some, it is threatened for all.
- Sheriff Doyle has transferred 133 people to ICE since 2017. These people are taken directly into ICE custody without ever being released from the secure areas of the jail. He also publishes release dates and calls ICE to inform them of inmates’ status.
- Sheriff Doyle does this entirely by choice, against the wishes of the community he represents. He has no obligation to cooperate in these ways, and many California sheriffs have chosen not to do so.
- The Sheriff’s actions are out of step with our values, and they are out of step with California’s sanctuary laws. They clearly undermine the spirit of SB 54, the California Values Act, despite the fact that Marin strongly supports SB 54’s sanctuary protections.
WE CALL ON THE SHERIFF TO:
Cease cooperating voluntarily with ICE and its efforts to target, detain, and deport Marin County residents. This includes:
- Immediately end the practice of publicizing personal information, including release dates, of those in the jail’s custody on the Booking Log website.
- Immediately end the practice of responding to I-247 forms from ICE requesting personal information about those in the jail’s custody.
- Immediately end the practice of proactively calling and responding to calls from ICE requesting release dates and other information about those in the jail’s custody.
- Stop providing ICE any access to the jail or those in the jail’s custody without a judicial warrant.
WE CALL ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO:
If the Sheriff will not change his actions to align with Marin’s values, we ask that the Board of Supervisors will. Use your authority to pass a Sanctuary County Ordinance that would end deportations in Marin.
- Set a goal to end deportations in Marin by decreasing the number of people turned over to ICE to zero.
- Encourage local law enforcement (including the District Attorney) to put fewer Marin residents at risk for deportation by not arresting or charging them for minor offenses.
- Update the County Equity Plan to include immigrant justice. Currently the plan is silent on this issue.
- Have a quarterly TRUTH Act Forum or comprehensive community update.
- Establish a community oversight committee over the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, using your Sec. §25303 power.
WHY THIS MATTERS FOR ALL MARIN RESIDENTS
- Sheriff Doyle and the Board of Supervisors are elected officials tasked with representing the needs of all Marin County residents. Their job is to protect the freedom and true safety of every person in our community. When their actions are out of line with these values, we expect them to hear us and change course.
- With relentless attacks on immigrant communities coming from Washington DC, and military force being deployed as we speak against refugees and children at our border, we need to stand for compassion and shared humanity, and stand up against Sheriff Doyle’s cooperation with the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.
- When local police and sheriffs act as deportation agents, that undermines trust and confidence in law enforcement, making our communities and families in Marin feel less safe. People are less likely to report crime when victims and witnesses fear they may be deported when they come in contact with local law enforcement
- ICE does not belong in Marin, and it certainly does not need or deserve help from our local resources. ICE was created in 2003, and its purpose is to target, detain, and deport immigrants. Instead of increasing public safety, ICE has been used by the Trump administration to spread fear and carry out horrific abuses of power. It is the largest federal police force and its budget is more than that of all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.
- Last year, Marin demonstrated overwhelming support for protecting immigrants in our community by rallying for SB 54. We declared that ICE’s actions do not align with our values of inclusion and true public safety and we would not use our local law enforcement in service of ICE’s dangerous agenda. In response to overwhelming public support, the Board of Supervisors sent a letter urging Governor Brown to sign SB 54 sanctuary protections into law.
- We are a close-knit county, and our fates are tied to one another. We know that true freedom and security are not possible for any of us until everyone – including our immigrant family members, co-workers, and neighbors – can work, live, and build community here without fear of racial profiling, wrongful arrest, or deportation.
- Share your story. Why do the safety and humanity of all people, keeping families together, and showing support for our immigrant neighbors and friends matter to you?