Deportation is an issue that affects all of us, young and old, fathers and mothers, teachers and students, empoyers and employees. So, what measures are immigration attorneys and legislators taking to ensure the security and safety of our communities during a time of escalating I.C.E. raids?
In this 45-min interview, André Marc (pictured above to left) reviews with immigration attorney Rick Coshnear the past ten years of immigration arrests and deportation holds done under the direction of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Coshnear also explains the constitutional issues involved with these arrests, and measures that he and other attorneys took to defend immigrants and affect changes in immigration law.
Before starting the interview, it may be helpful to familiarize youself with the names of some state policies and federal agancies that impact your life, if you happen to be an immigrant. ICE – I.C.E. - stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is an agency of the Dept. of Homeland Security, whose duty it is to arrest and deport the undocumented.
“Secure Communities” and “287-G” are two terms for the same thing, which is a program to recruit local law enforcement - Police and Sheriff's Depts. - to themselves become ICE officers, and help ICE detain and deport immigrants. These organizations have had a lot of power in selecting people to detain and deport from the U.S.
However - You may be pleased to discover in this three-part interview with Rick Coshnear, that a recent court decision and two state laws have weakened this power, at least for now.