TOMORROW – PLEASE ATTEND.
Tell our Pima County Board of Supervisors: End Operation Stonegarden, and remove ICE from the Pima County Jail.
Tuesday August 7th
130 W. Congress Street
Press Conference 8:30am, followed by the Board of Supervisors Meeting at 9:00am
On Tuesday, August 7th, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will be discussing the release of Operation Stonegarden funds to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. These funds are given to local law enforcement agencies in border regions, by the Department of Homeland Security in the form of grants. They are granted explicitly for local police and sheriff’s departments to further collaborate with Federal agencies such as ICE and Border Patrol, on matters of immigration enforcement.
In addition, and of equal importance, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier made the decision in May of 2017, to invite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into the Pima County Jail to staff their own permanent desk. This decision has streamlined the process for local law enforcement to hand over undocumented residents, including mothers and fathers, to ICE quickly, without the need for detainer requests.
Let us be explicitly clear: the acceptance of Operation Stonegarden funds by Pima County has been separating families in our community since 2004. Giving ICE a desk in our jail, makes that separation even more commonplace.We can no longer accept policies that racially target migrant families within our communities.
We will be packing the meeting as we team up with other Free The Children Coalition partners. We highly encourage our members to speak during the Call to the Audience portion of the Supervisors Meeting, but either way, your presence is an appreciated difference-maker.
-Your Justice Alliance Team