ACUDIR’s campaign to end ICE “detainers” aims to put a stop to the collaboration between Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement). Nearly 2000 community members have been deported from Alameda County due to the misnamed “Secure Communities” program, or S-Comm. S-Comm is a federal immigration enforcement program operating at the county level nationwide. Currently, anyone arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail gets fingerprinted and those fingerprints are shared with an immigration database. For non-citizens (including people with legal permanent status or naturalized citizens), this often triggers a request from ICE to hold the person to verify their immigration status. Regardless of whether or not the person is found guilty of any charges, ICE may issue a “detainer” request and county officials detain and turn them over to ICE custody. We are working to change this policy and practice in our county.
- Policy Advocacy: We work in coalition with faith, labor, legal service providers and grassroots community groups to change policy on ICE “detainers” in Alameda County.
- Community Education & Organizing: We have organized six community forums throughout Alameda County including Hayward, Livermore, and East Oakland to discuss and listen to the impacts of S-Comm on diverse immigrant communities, develop solutions, and document human rights abuses by police and other authorities.
- Urgent Response Actions: We support workers organizing for improved workplace conditions and against ICE audits & E-Verify, federal workplace enforcement programs that leave workers without livelihood and vulnerable to abuse & exploitation.