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Commission on Human Rights

Resolution on Immigration Policy and Recommendations

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Resolution passed by the Commission on Human Rights on April 27, 2010.

Having studied both United States historical precedent and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and Having considered the actions of numerous communities and cities – large and small – throughout the United States relative to cooperation with the Federal Government in matters of immigration; and

Having carefully reviewed the statements and documentation of the immigrant community and both local and federal law enforcement officials; and

The Commission has received reports, oral and written, that raise serious concerns that the human and civil rights of members of the immigrant community have been abrogated, and engendered a fear of, and alienation from law enforcement, County authorities, and the greater community among members of the immigrant community.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that the County of Sonoma Commission on Human Rights makes the following recommendation:

Except when:

  1. Mandated by state or federal law,
  2. Assisting with the removal of aliens convicted of serious or violent felonies, or
  3. Assisting with the investigation and prosecution of persons reasonably suspected of involvement in human trafficking;

County resources, including human resources, technology, facilities, equipment, and funds, shall not be used in assisting the enforcement of Federal immigration law.

We further recommend that the Board of Supervisor consider, review, and adopt procedures, policies, and ordinances pursuant to the above recommendations.