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Pasadena’s Progressive Discussion Group Drafts Proposed Policy to Protect Immigrants in the Community

first_img Business News Subscribe Community News Pasadena’s Progressive Discussion Group Drafts Proposed Policy to Protect Immigrants in the Community From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, February 17, 2017 | 7:48 pm Pasadena’s Progressive Discussion Group met Friday morning to share a proposed policy drafted by an immigration defense attorney and other colleagues that aims to protect the local immigrant community from being targets of the police department, which many fear could turn over information to federal agencies.The meeting comes just days after City Manager Steve Mermell announced he would not not “execute” a Memorandum of Understanding between the the Pasadena Police Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)  — an agreement that has routinely been in effect in many U.S. cities since just after the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.“We think this is an incredibly important decision because the local police department should not be collaborating in the deportation of Pasadena residents and now we want Pasadena to go one step further and implement a strong, biased-free policing policy that makes it very clear that Pasadena Police Department will not at all engage in federal immigration enforcement,” said Immigration Defense Attorney Emi MacLean.Click to read Proposed Policy to Protect Immigrants in the Community“What we think is really important is in recognition of the fact that the Trump Administration is going to rely increasingly on local police departments to do their dirty work in terms of deportation,” MacLean added.According to MacLean, a number of organizations have been involved in crafting the proposed policy including immigrant rights organization, justice organizations legal organizations and academics from Loyola Marymount University and UCLA.The proposed policy outlines main topics that included the police department here in Pasadena and also in other locations across the country commits to not collecting information about the immigration status of Pasadena residents that they come in contact with, that they don’t share information that’s going to be used for immigration enforcement, and that no local resources are used in any way to support federal immigration enforcement.“This means that local police department should not be turning people over to ICE, should not be allowing ICE into the jails and police stations to interview people, should not be engaged in any way in federal immigration enforcement. Any engagement between the Pasadena Police Department and ICE is a hundred percent voluntary and Pasadena should say very clearly that it will not voluntarily submit to being complicit in federal immigration enforcement and deportation and the destruction of families and communities in Pasadena,” said MacLean.The proposed policy has been presented by community groups to the City Council, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and to Mayor Terry Tornek, according to MacLean.“Now it’s going to be very important that the Public Safety Committee looks at the policy and tries to advance the policy. There are ways to respond to criminal activity in the community and deportation is never the answer,” said MacLean.The Progressive Discussion Group is a Pasadena-based political thought incubator that meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month in the Du-Par’s back room to discuss a designated topic. Meetings are open to anyone wanting to attend. 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