With Molina’s support, Los Angeles County extends program screening inmates for immigration status The Los Angel

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to continue a program that allows federally trained sheriff’s deputies to screen jailed inmates for their immigration status.

 

The board approved the continuation of the policy in a 3-0 vote. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky abstained.

Opponents say the program is form of racial profiling and punishes undocumented immigrants and their families by convening deportation proceedings. Board Chairman Don Knabe and Supervisor Michael Antonovich joined Gloria Molina in approving the agreement, which will run through 2016.

According to a LA Daily News account of the meeting, protesters were chanting “Molina deports! Molina deports!” after the vote was taken. “They filed out of the boardroom, fists in the air, after the board wrangled with the decision for hours. Before the board took up the vote, opponents to the contract stood silently in the meeting with their backs to the Board of Supervisors,” the paper reported.

Apolonio Morales, political director for Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told the paper that Molina’s vote was a disappointment.

“I thought she would look at the facts and see how damaging it is,” Morales said. “It seems the burden of proof on the damage the program is doing always falls on the community and she has never pushed for that level of transparency.”


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