We got off to a great start on the 10th of January! ¡El 10 enero empezamos con una victoria importante! The County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the following resolution in support of sanctuary status for the county. La Mesa de Supervisores del Condado adoptó por unanimidad la resolución siguiente (inglés) en apoyo del estado de santuario para el condado.
RESOLUTION TO MAINTAIN TRUST AND SAFETY FOR LOCAL IMMIGRANTS
WHEREAS, many Santa Cruz County residents have deep concerns about the potential policies and actions of the President-Elect; and
WHEREAS, many immigrants are particularly fearful in the wake of the election; and
WHEREAS, it is important to make it clear that we are one community in Santa Cruz County and all of our children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, regardless of immigration status, contribute to the social and economic fabric of this community; and
WHEREAS, it is important for our Board to make a statement of support to the immigrant community and for the County to be a place of sanctuary for immigrants who live and work in our community; and
WHEREAS, a relationship of trust between California’s immigrant residents and our local agencies, including law enforcement, schools, and hospitals, is essential to carrying out basic local functions; and
WHEREAS, that trust is threatened when local agencies are involved in immigration enforcement; and
WHEREAS, a strong community is one that includes people of all backgrounds and invests in all of its people; and
WHEREAS, Santa Cruz County will be a model for a more just and equitable society for everyone.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
1. Santa Cruz County hereby declares itself a place of sanctuary in that no County resources may be used to assist in the enforcement of Federal immigration law or to gather or disseminate information regarding the immigration status of individuals or any other such personal information unless such assistance is required by Federal or State statue, regulation, or court decision.
2. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors commends the Sheriff for not entangling his department with federal immigration policies and for building trust with all the communities his department serves.
3. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors directs County departments to review their confidentiality policies in order to ensure that eligible individuals are not deterred from seeking services or engaging with County services based on immigration status.