Berkeley Turns Cold Shoulder to ICE, Rejects SComm

Berkeley Turns Cold Shoulder to ICE, Rejects SComm

"The city's police will no longer hand prisoners over to federal immigration authorities under an action approved Tuesday night.  The City Council voted unanimously not to respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to take charge of Berkeley prisoners suspected of violating federal immigration law. ... Council members pointed out that, in the end, the policy would be mostly symbolic, since suspects generally spend little time in Berkeley jails and are quickly moved to county facilities, where the sheriff fully cooperates with federal immigration requests.  But Lippman and other activists at the council meeting said they're already working on the county level to change policies there. "Berkeley won't stand alone," Lippman said." - Judith Scherr, Bay Area News Group, Nov. 1, 2012.