End ICE Notifications at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

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On January 25th, 2018, members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Board, which represents the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Nelson County, met to consider ending the jail's policy of voluntarily notifying ICE prior to releasing detainees who are flagged by the immigration system. Seven out of ten board members voted to continue the policy. Please sign the petition below, urging the jail board to stop voluntarily colluding with ICE to put people in cages and tear apart local communities of color.

Petition text:

To the members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail board,

On January 25th, the Jail Board considered a motion to end the jail’s policy of giving advance notice to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) anytime someone with an immigration detainer is about to be released from the ACRJ. As you know, this policy is completely voluntary, and the ACRJ is under no legal obligation whatsoever to continue this practice, yet the board voted 7-3 to continue the policy.

To those of you who voted to end the policy, thank you. We urge you to put this critical issue back on the agenda of every jail board meeting until the board votes to end the practice.

To those of you who voted to continue the policy, we urge you to change your vote. ICE routinely targets black and brown communities to funnel their members into detention and deportation. This is true regardless of people’s immigration status and citizenship, as we’ve seen in many cases. Cases of human rights abuses and violations of human dignity are rampant within ICE detention centers. No matter a person’s alleged crime, it is immoral for the ACRJ to voluntarily collude with ICE to turn them over to ICE custody. ICE systematically violates the human rights of people in their custody. To continue the current policy at the ACRJ regarding ICE is to voluntarily cooperate with a law enforcement body that routinely disregards the human dignity of those in their custody.

We call on all members of the ACRJ board vote to end the practice of giving voluntary notice to ICE when someone with an immigration detainer is about to be released. You have an obligation to protect the rights of the residents of your communities. Undocumented immigrants are not a danger to communities. ICE is. Stop colluding with ICE. Stop inviting them into our community.