Privacy Concerns of Undocumented Immigrants Raised in Oakland
According to a recent L.A. Times article, the city of Oakland, which has declared itself a sanctuary city and taken significant steps to limit cooperation between local law enforcement authorities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. In particular, Oakland has probably done more than any other city to examine the ways that law enforcement uses technology and other tools to collect personal information from individuals, including undocumented immigrants. Through the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, the city has gone to great lengths to ensure that this technology is not used to target immigrants in any way.
As a result, when police blocked off a West Oakland home last August in what they described as a human trafficking investigation. However, no criminal charges were filed due to the incident; police questioned two Guatemalan brothers on civil immigration violations, detaining one of the brothers for weeks. This wasn’t supposed to happen in Oakland, where the city had worked so hard to prevent it. Both immigration advocates and the Advisory Commission questioned how Oakland could be a sanctuary city in light of police actions in this matter.
Immigration advocates raised concerns about technological tools used by police, such as automated license plate readers and cell tower simulators. However, they also raised concerns about new enforcement tactics used by ICE, such as paying a contractor to access license plate information, and increased surveillance of mosques, which appears to target Muslims. Other cities in California have taken note of Oakland’s privacy concerns and are trying to pass similar ordinances. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to lash out against Oakland and other California cities, threatening to slash criminal justice funding, targeting them for immigration raids, and even suggesting that their leaders should be arrested for their actions.
Legal representation is essential to fighting back against deportation charges brought by the federal government. The Oakland deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings, regardless of the form of relief that may be available under immigration law. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 488-1020 to set up a legal evaluation with one of our highly skilled California immigration lawyers.