ugg contact Campaign to instate sanctuary status in Humboldt County kicks off
Centro Del Pueblo and supporting organizations kicked off their signature gathering campaign on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka on Tuesday morning for a ballot initiative that would designate Humboldt County a sanctuary county in regards to federal immigration enforcement.
Centro Del Pueblo steering committee member Renee Saucedo said that while officials from the Humboldt County Sheriff Office have told her that they do not aid federal immigration operations unless it involves serious or violent felonies, she said local immigrant families are still terrified to call local law enforcement because of recent upticks in federal immigration enforcement, even if they are a victim or witness to a crime. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement], except when required by already existing laws such as in the cases of serious crimes, Saucedo said. sanctuary law proposal will say that the county must not deny services based on immigration status or invest any resources in the business of tearing families apart.
time now, our community is organizing and we are collectively asserting our place in this county, Saucedo continued. are human beings and we deserve to be treated with dignity. previously told the Times Standard she was bringing the initiative forward because the county board of supervisors has yet to adopt its own sanctuary county ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors discussed the potential to adopt an ordinance last year designating the county as a county, but some supervisors stated doing so could potentially place the county in a difficult financial situation because of the county reliance on federal funding.
The Trump administration had previously threatened to cut funding to sanctuary cities or counties.
The Board of Supervisors instead adopted a civil rights resolution in August, stating it equal protection and equal treatment for all our residents. Del Pueblo member and lifelong county resident Emely Velez said the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown adopted a bill in 2017 Senate Bill 54 that made California the first state in the country. The bill also prohibits state and local enforcement from aiding federal immigration officials. But Velez said that there are still areas in the state law.
sanctuary in place is not saying that SB 54 wasn good, it saying we can go beyond it, Velez said.
Hoopa Valley Tribe member and Hoopa resident Thomas H. Joseph II told the crowd gathered at the courthouse steps the Americas and Humboldt County have had a longstanding history of providing sanctuary to indigenous peoples. Joseph said indigenous tribes sought sanctuary with each other following massacres like that at Indian Island in 1860 or being forced from their lands by white colonists.
important that we recognize the indigenous brothers and sisters that are coming from south of the colonial border and recognize they have an inherent right to move on this land freely and to seek sanctuary from the communities that they coming from, Joseph said. We stand here today not asking for anything new, but a remembrance of the old; asking for us to remember the relationships that our indigenous people had on this continent.