We demand the immediate passing of a Sanctuary County Ordinance in Marin!
The lack of a Sanctuary County Ordinance to protect the rights and lives of immigrants in Marin County amounts to inhumane collective punishment of tens of thousands of Marin County residents, families, and workers that are forced into the shadows of second class citizenship, isolated and segregated from the rest of the county and unable to access the basic services and necessities available to them. A Sanctuary Ordinance creates respect and trust between County agencies, personnel, and residents, in order to protect limited local resources and encourage cooperation between residents and County officials, including and especially public health officers and employees to ensure best practices are implemented for the communities’ health, security, and due process for all. We demand a Sanctuary County Ordinance to codify protections into Marin County law for all immigrant communities regardless of origin or legal status.
During the budget hearings, Supervisor Rodoni committed to introduce a Sanctuary County Ordinance within 60 days. The deadline is August 23rd. This is a matter of life and death.
We demand the Marin County Board of Supervisors:
Immediately pass a strong, comprehensive, and enforceable Sanctuary County ordinance. It is long overdue for Marin County to finally follow the lead of 14 other California counties. Evidence indicates that when the local government refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and does its job to protect residents from threat of arrest, detainment, and deportation, immigrant community members are more likely to trust local government agencies and cooperate with public health agencies in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Passage of a strong, comprehensive and enforceable Sanctuary County ordinance is a matter of life and death.
Immediately instruct Sheriff Robert Doyle to suspend any and all interactions with ICE and other federal immigration agencies, as a matter of public health and safety. Deportation is a public health crisis, both within traumatized communities and in the federal detention system which is inhumane and unsafe, especially in this pandemic. Changing the Sheriff’s policy of cooperation with ICE is a matter of life and death.
Establish an independent community oversight commission to oversee the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, with the charge, resources, and authority to investigate MCSO practices and policies, and to determine what further actions the Board of Supervisors can take to shift resources from MSCO, incarceration and criminalization to community care and true public safety. Changing the policies and operations of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is a matter of life and death.
Sanctuary Is COVID-19 Crisis Relief!
The Latinx community, an integral and cherished part of Marin County, is being disproportionately and disastrously afflicted by COVID-19. 80% of Marin County’s COVID-19 cases are in the Latinx population that only amounts to 16% of the County’s entire population. This is the highest racial disparity of any county in the Bay Area and a dire situation for Latinx men, women and children of all ages who are at risk of losing their lives unless immediate action is taken. This is a matter of life and death.