Santa Clara County residents are invited to participate in a community forum about a California law called the TRUTH Act
and the public’s right to transparency regarding the access that local governments may provide to federal immigration agents.
Assembly Bill 2792, the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act (TRUTH Act) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28, 2016 and went into effect January 1, 2017. It pertains to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its access to individuals who had an encounter with law enforcement during the previous calendar year. Since 2018, the TRUTH Act requires local governing bodies where local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual, to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment.
The December 10 forum will be livestreamed on the County’s Board Agenda website
. Although the County of Santa Clara government is hosting the meeting, no action will be taken on the matter. Translation in Spanish and Vietnamese will be available for those in attendance.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Clara Executives, Departments and Agencies’ Representatives
Forum for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (FIRE) Coalition
- Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
- Silicon Valley De-Bug
- Asian Law Alliance
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
- Pangea Legal Services
- People Acting in Community Together (PACT)
- Sacred Heart Community Service
- Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (on behalf of FIRE)
- YWCA Silicon Valley
WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6 p.m.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding St., San José, CA 95110
Since 2018, the TRUTH Act requires local governments where law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual, to hold an annual community forum to receive and consider public comment. County of Santa Clara Departments will be invited to report and share critical information as it relates to ICE interactions.
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The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With more than 70 agencies/departments and nearly 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services, such as public health and environmental protection; behavioral health and medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Hospital and Clinics), O’Connor Hospital and Saint Louise Regional Hospital; child and adult protection services; homelessness prevention and solutions; roads, parks and libraries; emergency response to disasters; protection of minority communities and those under threat; access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.
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Media Contact: Carolyn Lê, County of Santa Clara Office of Immigrant Relations, (408) 835-6437.
Posted: November 26, 2019.