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About ICE Out of Marin y Justicia para Todos:
Why We Fight
All of us at ICE Out of Marin y Justicia para Todos believe that Marin County is among the most desirable places to live. Although there are lots of reasons, there are three that resonate with many people: Our Marin attitude, our prosperity, and our safety.
Historically, Marin’s attitude was compassionate and inclusive. When European settlers were essentially eradicating Marin’s first peoples, their motives were driven, at least partly, by a desire to bring “salvation and education” to the Miwok — to give them access to what they believed to be a better world. Misguided though they were, they set a precedent that continues today — in Marin, we welcome people.
It’s a positive attitude that leads to our willingness to make things happen for the perceived betterment of all. The modern environmental movement began in Marin in the 1930s with four Ross women from the Marin Garden Club. It extended to the formation of the Point Reyes National Park and Seashore in the 1970s, and continues to this day with some of the globe’s most notable environmental advocates calling Marin their home.
It was a Marinite who led the formation of Black Lives Matter, one of the most impactful social justice organizations of the last few years. Co-founder Alicia Garza grew up in Sausalito and attended Redwood High School.
Marin’s artistic, humanistic attitude produces and sustains writers and movement leaders like Rebecca Solnit and Anne Lamott, as well as musicians, artists, and dancers who call Marin home and whose works embody values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Marin’s politically-, socially-, and morally-aware attitude led the Marin Board of Supervisors to declare that Marin county has a “commitment to promote social equity, foster tolerance, and fight all forms of discrimination regardless of a person’s immigration status.”
BUT, and this is a big, honkingly enormous but, with the exception of the Board of Supervisors’ declaration, Marin County has turned its official back on its immigrant community. Although their names are changed and their details abstracted, the story above is true. Some 16,000 undocumented immigrants (and another 20,000 Marin citizens who look like undocumented immigrants) live daily with anxiety about detention by Marin sheriff’s deputies. The threat of deportation is real, even for US citizens with US passports, who are treated by the DOJ as “illegal aliens” in a new era of “passport denial.” Although he works for the taxpayers of Marin, Sheriff Doyle responds to the DOJ’s requests.
So why do we fight? We fight for our Marin attitude — our attitude of inclusiveness, which values fairness, and which stands against the monstrous policies of family separation and passport denial.
Marin is one of the most economically successful regions anywhere in the world. Why is that?
Study after study shows that immigrants make the US stronger. Even conservative think tanks like the George W. Bush Presidential Center recognize that “America is strengthened by the contributions made by immigrants.” The Center for American Progress writes, “Unauthorized immigrants are an important part of the economy … all immigrants, regardless of legal status, contribute to the American economy.” The chief economist for the Marin Economic Forum writes about the “disconnect between rhetoric and reality” when it comes to the value of Marin’s diversified workforce, which includes both documented and undocumented immigrants.
So why do we fight? We fight for prosperity. It may not have the moral heft of fairness and inclusion, but prosperity leads to Marin’s continued ability to fight for fairness and inclusion.
Marin is a safe place not because of the sheriff’s efforts but despite them. Study after study shows that places which welcome a mix of immigrants (documented and otherwise) — places which don’t cooperate with the unhealthy and unsafe policies of ICE — are safer than places that do cooperate with ICE.
A recent study at the University of California-San Diego found that there are broad benefits for local jurisdictions that resist cooperating with federal immigration enforcement, that “they are safer in the aggregate and enjoy stronger economies.” Cities with full sanctuary policies like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia “explain their refusal to provide assistance to ICE in reporting undocumented immigrants by saying it improves public safety” and citing recent research that shows just that.
The findings of virtually every study are broad and conclusive. Marin may have always been a relatively safe place, but it is made safer by its choice to be welcoming and inclusive of immigrants, both documented and otherwise.
ICE Out of Marin y Justicia para Todos:
How We’ll Win
- Our country stands for “justice for all.” (Justicia para Todos, the Pledge of Allegiance)
- Our state stands for inclusiveness. “Our schools, hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone.” (SB 54)
- Our county stands for “ensuring family unity, community security and due process for all residents.” (Kate Sears on behalf of Board of Supes)
- Marin votes. We had the 4th-highest voter participation (out of 58 counties) in 2014.
- Marin leads. The modern environmental movement was born in Ross in the 1930s.
- Marin pulls together as a progressive team. Look at our investment in quality of life (open space, health, schools) and dedication to equity in County programs and policies.
- Despite specific direction from the highest levels of State and County government, Marin law enforcement cooperates with ICE’s most disruptive requests.
- When detained by local police departments and transferred to the sheriff’s department, many Marin residents are released from Marin custody directly into ICE custody.
- Family unity and community security of Marin residents are compromised on a daily basis.
- ICE detention centers around the country are being exposed for inhumane conditions and practices like family separation.
- The TRUTH Act Forum will shed light on the outrageous behavior of the Marin County sheriff and his departmentSheriff’s Department.
- Local cities and towns will demand accountability because residents will ask them to do so. We will ask our councils for resolutions and letters to be sent to the sheriff and board of supervisors.
- We will write to local newspapers and speak out against behaviors that are contrary to our Marin County spirit.