Mercury News: Dave Cortese, Molly O’Neal and Cynthia Hunter: Santa Clara County should keep current immigration policy


cubanologyOPEDBelow is an op-ed authored by a powerful collective of civic leaders in Santa Clara County that just appeared in the Mercury News.  We thank Supervisor Dave Cortese, Public Defender Molly O’Neal and Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Consortium Cynthia Hunter for courageously standing up to protect our policy.

We are asking folks to please share and add your support through online comments. Please know that when it comes to immigration issues, those who want to change the policy will be likely very active on the comment box. One approach is to accept that, and pay it no mind, but if you would like to engage on behalf of the beliefs espouse by the op-ed, please do. We have to let our leaders know they are supported by the public when they champion our positions. Thank you!

You can also email the Board of Supervisors to let them know to keep Santa Clara County’s Immigrant Detainer policy as is!

Mike Wasserman    mike.wasserman@bos.sccgov.org
George Shirakawa    supervisor.shirakawa@bos.sccgov.org
Dave Cortese    dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org
Ken Yeager    supervisor.yeager@bos.sccgov.org
Joe Simitian    supervisor.simitian@bos.sccgov.org



Dave Cortese, Molly O’Neal and Cynthia Hunter: Santa Clara County should keep current immigration policy
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There is nothing more valuable to public safety than community trust in local law enforcement because it establishes residents’ willingness to report crimes and to cooperate with police. But that trust will break down immeasurably in immigrant communities if residents face the debilitating fear of potential deportation. Continue reading

Obama Adds More Dysfunction to Broken Immigration System – New America Media

Seems like Obama’s past actions speak louder than present ones. -Post Submission by Cesar Flores

New America Media, News Report, Behrouz Saba, Posted: Jun 19, 2012

A timid President Barack Obama faced a group of palpably hostile White House correspondents as he announced “deferred action” for young, undocumented immigrants who have waited for years to be offered a path to citizenship through the DREAM Act. In compliance with his executive order, the Department of Homeland Security will merely halt deportations for the next two years of non-criminal, undocumented immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 who were brought to the country as children. Beneficiaries will also receive H-1 visas to live and work legally on a temporary basis.

This election-year ploy to win Latino votes is a patently miserable substitute for the generous, comprehensive measures required to address the plight of the nearly 12 million undocumented. Putting 800,000 young, promising women and men in legal limbo adds just another layer of dysfunction to a fundamentally inoperative immigration system. Continue reading