Tell Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern: No More ICE Holds

Thursday Nov 17th, a peaceful protestor was turned over to ICE for possible deportation. Pancho Ramos was arrested while meditating during the eviction of Occupy Oakland on Monday. Due to the S-Comm (misnamed Secure Communities) program, Pancho was caught in this dragnet that unfairly sweeps up community members for detention and deportation. As Pancho’s case shows, S-Comm’s focus is more spin than safety. Under S-Comm, immigration officials pressure local governments to hold community members like Pancho in jail for extra time so they can be picked up for deportation. In Alameda County, 1,095 residents have been torn from their families and deported since S-Comm was imposed last spring. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requested that the Sheriff hold Pancho so that they can start deportation proceedings – and the Sherriff agreed.

After pressure from many of you, and the work of the communities he is a part of, Pancho has been released on his own recognizance. This clearly shows the power that we have when we organize!

Unfortunately, what’s happening to Pancho happens every day in Oakland and across the country. The movement is pushing back and counties like Santa Clara, CA and Cook, IL are putting an end to all collaboration and cooperation with ICE by not acknowledging ICE holds. This is their way out of participation in S-Comm. Now Alameda County needs to do the same.

So that no one else ends up in Pancho’s situation. So everyone can freely participate in the Occupy Movement. So that families can stay together.

Tell the Alameda County Sheriff to REJECT ICE HOLDS NOW!