Sacramento Mayor-Elect Vowing to Fight Changing Federal Policies on Immigrants

Sacramento Mayor-Elect Vowing to Fight Changing Federal Policies on Immigrants

Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg is speaking out against President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to stop cities from acting as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants. Despite Trump’s statement that he plans to withhold federal funds to those cities who continue to act as sanctuaries or safe havens, Steinberg said that he is willing to take that risk, despite the city’s historical reliance on federal funds for things like housing, health services, and other community-based programs. However, Steinberg’s stance is somewhat compromised by the power of the Sacramento County Sheriff, Scott Jones, to decide to what degree the jail will cooperate with U.S. Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in terms of holding undocumented immigrants. Jones also already has an agreement with ICE to house about 200 immigrant detainees Rio Consumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. California and many of its cities and counties have adopted the practice of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they attempt to detain immigrants who are arrested for unrelated crimes. In 1985, Sacramento’s City Council designated the city as a “safe haven,” by prohibiting all city employees, including city police officers, from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status or withholding benefits or services to an individual’s immigration status. Steinberg joins many other Democratic mayors of major cities, including Seattle, New York, and Chicago, who have made similar public vows to fight against Trump’s immigration plan in this regard. An estimated 300 municipalities nationwide fall under some definition of “sanctuary city” with respect to immigrants. Although the number of undocumented immigrants living in Sacramento County is lower than the California state average, there are still an estimated 65,000 immigrants who live in the county, or one for every 22 county residents. These individuals tend to live in the poor and more urban areas of the country. Sacramento government officials have committed to continuing to protect their immigrant residents by assuring them that deportation is not a factor when dealing with local enforcement authorities. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.
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