Instead, they ask for support to expand the Los Angeles Justice Fund that defends those facing deportation.

More than 100 immigrant advocacy organizations asked the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to require the Migration and Customs Service (ICE) to show a court order to have access to prisons, stations and surveillance posts in the Department of Sheriff (LASD).

“The Board of Supervisors must take a strong position here. Instead of financing the facilitation of arrests and deportations for ICE, the county must reinforce its commitment to defend immigrants by expanding the Los Angeles Justice Fund, ”they say in a letter sent to supervisors this week.

In the letter they denounce that the LASD has continued with the destructive practices of delivering members of the community to ICE. "Only ICE agents have been replaced by private contractors of that agency to make arrests", He says.

“What's more, the LASD spends almost 1.5 million dollars to help ICE with its arrests and deportations, weakening the county's investment by 1.5 million dollars a year to the Los Angeles Justice Fund, a program designed for immigration lawyers to defend families against deportation, ”they say.

Alex Villanueva, head of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. (Aurelia Ventura / The Opinion)

They add that the current sheriff has handed over to ICE people who have later been represented by the Los Angeles Justice Fund in the fight because they remain with their families, a total contradiction.

They set an example in the letter sent to the supervisors, the case of Manuel, a beneficiary of the TPS (the Temporary Protection Status program), soccer coach for children and father of five children born in the country, who have lived in the South downtown Los Angeles from the age of nine.

In March 2019, LASD handed it over to ICE contractors who took it to the Adelanto Detention Center where he was detained for eight months. until his immigration lawyer was able to take him out through bail.

They also cited the case of Carlos, a CARECEN client who was brought to the United States when he was only one year old, and after three years he became a permanent resident.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department arrested him for a violation of his probation and handed him over to ICE. "After three months in Adelanto, CARECEN represented him with funds from the Legal Justice Fund and won his case, but he never had to go through that heartbreaking experience," they say.

The signatory organizations ask the Board of Supervisors to use their budgetary authority, and prohibit county resources from being used to identify, investigate, arrest, detain or facilitate the arrest of immigrants or permanent residents, unless there is a court orderl.

Los Angeles pro-immigrant organizations demand that ICE does not have access to the Los Angeles Sheriff's facilities. (Ciro Cesar / The Opinion).

They demanded that ICE agents or contractors not be given access to the Sheriff's facilities or to the use of databases, facilities or equipment.

“As the county with one of the richest and most diverse immigrant communities, Los Angeles County should not be an accomplice to more family separations here in Los Angeles. Instead, the county must strengthen its commitment to defend us from the massive racist and unconstitutional deportation agenda of the Trump administration by expanding the Los Angeles Justice Fund, ”he says.

The opinion She is waiting for a reaction to the organizations letter from the supervisor Hilda Solís.

Below is the entire list of organizations that signed the letter for Los Angeles County:

A New Way of Life Reentry Project

ACLU of Southern California

Advancement Project California

African Communities Public Health Coalition AFSCME Local 148 – LA County Public Defender Union

American Indian Movement – Southern California & California

Anti Recidivism Coalition (ARC)

API Rise

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Black and Brown Clergy

Black Jewish Justice Alliance

Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles (BLM-LA) Brothers, Sons, Selves

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CYIJA)

Central American Resource Center – Los Angeles (CARECEN-LA)

CSO Center

CLEAN Carwash Campaign

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

Community Coalition

Democratic Socialists of America – Los Angeles (DSA-LA)

Detention Watch Network

Dignity and Power Now

DREAM Team Los Angeles

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation Esperanza Immigrants ’Rights Project

Fair Chance Project

Family: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Families United to End LWOP (FUEL) Filipino Migrant Center

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food Empowerment Project Freedom for Immigrants Gabriela South Bay

Ground Game LA Homeboy Industries Homies United

Human Impact Partners Human Rights First ICE out of California Idle No More SoCal Ikar

Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Immigration Center for Women and Children Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley


Inner City Struggle

Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA)

Justice LA

Khmer Girls in Action

Kol Tikvah Temple

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

LA Forward


LA Progressive

LA Voice

Leo Baeck Temple

Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition Long Beach Sacred Resistance

March & Rally LA

MPower Change

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) National Lawyers Guild – Los Angeles (NLG-LA)

New City Church of LA Occupy / Abolish ICE LA

Our Gov LA

Pacoima Beautiful

Pangea Legal Services

Pasadena Mennonite Church

People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER)

Pilipino Workers Center

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center Public Counsel

PUSH LA Coalition

Resilience Orange County

Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition

Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)

South Asian Network

Southwestern Law School Removal Defense Clinic and Pro Bono Removal Defense Program

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) The Church Without Walls

The Strategy Center

UCLA Downtown Labor Center

UCLA Law Students for Immigrant Justice UCLA School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic

UCLA School of Law Immigrants ’Rights Policy Clinic

Unrig LA

Urban Peace Institute (UPI)

Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)

#MeToo Survivors

#MeToo Survivors ’March International


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