Santa Rosa, CA – February 7, 2017 – The Sonoma
County Board of Supervisors today directed County staff to identify and make
recommendations related to critical issues facing Sonoma County’s immigrant
community. Additionally, County staff will analyze recently introduced state
and federal legislation and identify actions the County can take to support
local immigrants, including consideration of an immigration summit. That
analysis will include identifying services for immigrants, conducting a gap
analysis, and assessing opportunities to support legal services for immigrants
within our community.
more than ever, our County must show its support for our immigrant community.
Today we adopted a resolution that reaffirms our commitment to the rights of
all our residents, including those that are undocumented. But that is just the
first step, and while this gesture is important, we need to take concrete steps
to take action to support those in our community who are under siege. We are
asking staff to immediately review our current policies, programs, and support
services, and those of our governmental and community partners, to make sure
that Sonoma County is utilizing all available resources to support our
immigrant population,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman
and analyze current and recently introduced or enacted immigration laws and
executive orders to understand the legal and political landscape, identify
opportunities to advocate for change at the State and Federal levels, and weigh
any potential risks associated with those efforts.
with local governments, local nonprofits, and community members to consider a
plan for an immigrant rights summit that would identify strategic areas for
action, support and potential solutions.
services for immigrants, analyze the sufficiency and eligibility for those
services as compared with the need, conduct a service gap analysis, and
research and assess opportunities for the County to support legal services for
immigrants either within the County or within community organizations.
current outreach and education efforts and consider opportunities to enhance or
support those efforts.
January 10, 2017, the Board adopted the County’s 2017-2018 Legislative
Platform, which sets forth the issues the County intends to advocate for at a
State and Federal level. The Platform includes the County’s intention to
support efforts to enhance legal protections for undocumented immigrants, increase
funding for legal services and deportation defense, and address the growing
number of undocumented children crossing the border, including increasing funds
for immigration-related legal services, shelter and care.