Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, ICE Acting Director Homan Hosting Immigration Forum
March 28, 20174 |
With an increased national focus on the issue, a community forum on immigration will be hosted tonight by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and an official U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).
Appearing on behalf of ICE will its acting director, Thomas Homan, who will share how the agency is prioritizing enforcement activities in Sacramento County. Jones is also slated to discuss what role the Sacramento County Sheriff will have in what is one of the Trump administration's top priorities.
Several groups are encouraging participation in the forum and to voice opposition to the ICE enforcement strategy. A Facebook page shows involvement by Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, Sacramento County Young Democrats, Organize Win Legislate Democratic Club of Sacramento, Fem Dems of Sacramento, and Democratic Party of Sacramento County.
In addition to the local political group, several prominent elected officials including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and California State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon are expected to attend a pre-forum vigil and the forum. Steinberg asked to have the start time of tonight's Sacramento City Council pushed back so he could attend the events.
According to the Facebook event information, 190 people have indicated they will be attending the event. In anticipation of a large audience, the venue of the meeting has been changed to the Sacramento County Youth Gym: 4000 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, and will be held from 5:30 to -7 p.m.
Jones, who narrowly lost his challenge to incumbent Congressman Dr. Ami Bera (D - Elk Grove) last November for California's Seventh Congressional District, has been a long-time supporter of strict immigration law enforcement.
Information for the forum states "while agreement may not be reached on every point, the intent of this forum is to try and find common ground by reducing conflicting information, elimination ambiguity, and reduce fear by presenting factual information directly from their sources."
Steinberg criticized the timing of meeting saying it was a cynical ploy by Jones.
“This is the worst time for an elected official to organize such a forum to stoke the fears of people, people who are already afraid,” Steinberg told the Sacramento Bee. “We’re going to make it clear that the people of Sacramento stand with those who are just trying to make a place for themselves in our great country and in our great state.”