Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
DOC-2018-874

Schedule a public hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. or thereafter, to consider Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to individuals pursuant to Government Code Sections 7283 and 7283.1, and take related actions, as recommended by the Sheriff-Coroner

Information

Department:Sheriff-CoronerSponsors:Sheriff-Coroner Jim Hart
Category:SO - Board LetterFunctions:Public Safety & Justice

Attachments

  1. Board Memo
  2. Notice of Public Hearing

Board Letter

Recommended Action(s):

 

1)  Schedule public hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. or thereafter, to consider Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to individuals and to receive and consider public comment, pursuant to Government Code Sections 7283 and 7283.1; and

 

2)  Direct Clerk of the Board to publish notice of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation one time at least two weeks prior to the hearing date.

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Starting this year, the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act requires that “the local governing body of any county, city, or city and county in which a local law enforcement agency has provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to an individual during the last year shall hold at least one community forum during the following year . . . to provide information to the public about ICE’s access to individuals and to receive and consider public comment.” 

 

Background

 

In late 2016, the California Legislature enacted the TRUTH Act, Gov. Code, Sections 7283, 7283.1, & 7283.2, “to address the lack of transparency and accountability by ensuring that all ICE deportation programs that depend on entanglement with local law enforcement agencies in California are subject to meaningful public oversight,” and “to promote public safety and preserve limited local resources because entanglement between local law enforcement and ICE undermines community policing strategies and drains local resources.”  The TRUTH Act builds on prior California laws, such as the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act, that limit the circumstances under which California state and local law enforcement agencies may assist ICE with enforcing federal civil immigration laws.  The TRUST Act was modeled, in part, on the County’s local policies limiting participation in federal civil immigration enforcement efforts.

 

Analysis

 

The purpose of this report and the community forum is to provide information, and consider public comment, regarding County law enforcement agencies’ provision of access or information to ICE.

 

Body

Strategic Plan Element(s)

1.C (Comprehensive Health & Safety:  Local Justice) - Provide resources to deliver services that ensure public safety.

 

 

Meeting History

Oct 30, 2018 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Ryan Coonerty, Vice Chair, Third District Supervisor
SECONDER:John Leopold, First District Supervisor
AYES:John Leopold, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson

Discussion