Truth Act forum

People put their hands over their hearts during the pledge of allegiance before a Truth Act forum held Monday at the Board Chambers of the Kern County Administrative Center.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested fewer detainees from the Kern County detention system in 2018 than it did in 2017.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office reported during a public forum on Monday that ICE arrests in 2018 fell by 23 percent when compared to the year before.

The Sheriff's Office attributed the drop to the California Values Act, a 2017 law known as Senate Bill 54 that limits the resources local governments can use to investigate or arrest people for federal immigration agents.

"The number of arrests, shown on the right, fell significantly," said Chief Deputy Tyson Davis, referring to a graph provided by the department. "SB 54 went into effect in 2018 and this decrease was in line with our expectations."

In total, ICE made 374 arrests of individuals held in Kern County jails compared to 436 in 2017.

Aside from arrests, ICE agents requested to be notified of the release of 597 individuals housed in Kern County prisons, an action that indicates the agency's interest in a person housed by Kern County law enforcement.

The number was a slight decrease from 2017.

The new statistics were provided as part of a report that was revealed at a TRUTH Act forum held Monday evening at the Board Chambers of the Kern County Administrative Building.

The meeting was held in accordance to the state’s 2016 TRUTH Act, which requires any governing bodies that collaborate with ICE to hold an open community forum in which information on that collaboration is made public.

In December of last year, supervisors held the first TRUTH Act meeting, in which details of ICE’s arrests of individuals held Kern County detention facilities were made public.

On Monday, Dozens of people filled the Board Chambers, and nearly all of them heavily criticized the Sheriff Office's ICE collaboration.

The Sheriff’s Office tells immigration agents about the release of certain detainees when ICE submits a request to be notified.

During instances in which ICE agents plan to arrest a detainee of the county, the Sheriff’s Office allows the federal agency into non-public areas of the jail in order for the arrest to be made.

The procedure has been criticized by outside groups, but representatives for the Sheriff’s Office say it is safer for law enforcement agents, who can control the environment during the handoff.

During the meeting, nearly all of the public speakers expressed anger at the supervisors or law enforcement for various aspects of the immigration system in Kern County.

"We're mad, and there's a certain sense of callousness coming from the board," a man, who only identified himself as Francisco, said during the public comment portion of the meeting. "We're here to hold y'all accountable because you guys aren't doing your jobs."

The American Civil Liberties Union gave a presentation in response to the Sheriff's Office's report.

The nonprofit legal organization said the Sheriff's Office went too far in its ICE collaboration.

"The Sheriff's Office is involved in hundreds of immigration arrests every year," said ACLU attorney Jordan Wells. "It may be down a little bit from the year before, but if you're talking about a number greater than 365, which is what we're talking about today, you're talking about more than one immigration arrest on average per day."

The Sheriff's Office said it would meet with the ACLU in the future to go over its ICE policies.

Supervisors decided to hold two TRUTH Act meetings this year in order to let as many people as possible attend.

A second, identical, meeting was planned to be held before Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.

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Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South

America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the "benefits"

& laws of coming top the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use

the the magic words....."credible fear."

Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is "manufactured" as literally

thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats.

The crisis is the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about

this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border

security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible

overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever).


To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like

Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals

(DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing "temporary or deferred" about

these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees

(usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently

using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula

works great.


Besides the costs, It seems Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral

damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country with refugees &

illegal aliens and having taxpayers paying the cost. Democrat politicians and their

voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens

The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing

persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don't stay in Mexico when they

reach "safety" or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico

will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our

generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long,

difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant?

Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal

immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has

been passed on to us.

* City emergency services Taxpayer pay for every police, fire, paramedic service

call for illegal aliens in their city. Taxpayers also pay for all hospital, emergency

room treatments, ambulances, medications....everything. Hospital wait times for

citizens are negatively impacted.

*Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on

average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions

spent on bilingual ED, instructors, special need children & day care. It is estimated

nearly 100,000 illegal aliens graduate each do the math. School class

size are also negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a


*Taxpayers in some states are funding "in state college tuition" discounts for illegal

aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a

billion dollars annually.

*About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, & more than 90% of

those are in the U.S illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At

roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the criminal

justice system.

*$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such

as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches. Visit youtube search "cost of

illegal immigration."

*Mexico received 33 billion last year in remittance from our country. $120 billion

total was sent out of the United States in total remittance last year.

*Every child birth by illegal aliens in the U.S is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the

average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808,

which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after

pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

* Section 8 housing. Illegal aliens take full advantage of this program. Citizens &

their families in poverty in many cases wait years behind non citizens for

emergency housing.

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