Los Angeles, CA - Demanding “Stop SCOMM” and “No deportations,” members of the Southern California Immigration Coalition denounced Sheriff L. Baca at his annual prayer breakfast here, Jan 14.
SCOMM, which goes by the name “Secure Communities,” is the Immigration Custom Enforcement/police program that attacks poor and working class immigrants, mostly Mexican and Central American, who are caught up in traffic or other minor infractions.
SCOMM advocate Sheriff Baca wrote an editorial saying undocumented people do not have civil rights. His jails are under investigation for brutality against people awaiting trial and for corruption by Sheriffs deputies.
The protesters told Baca that they will not accept the detainment and deportation of thousands of their people by his police/ICE collaboration by SCOMM and 287g.
Protesters, including veteran Chicano leader Carlos Montes, whose home was raided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s SWAT team May 17, 2011, demanded that Baca resign now.
The Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC) has been working with many groups who support these demands.
To get involved in the fight for immigrants rights and unite for an upcoming May 1, 2012 march and rally, come to SCIC meetings, which are held the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. For more information: www.immigrationcoalition.org.