Since you ask, John Hogan, you are missing a lot (“Why is cooperation with ICE an issue?” column in the Nov. 17 edition of the Daily Journal). You say that some undocumented immigrants should be turned over to ICE (immigration) when they are eligible to be released from jail on the grounds that they committed a crime.
Four things you missed: 1). In our justice system, people aren’t locked up forever in county jail — everyone is released, unless they are sent to state prison. It is up to the judge and the jury (not to the jailer) to decide when they will be released. At that point they go home to their job and family. People shouldn’t be treated differently based on where they are born. 2). Most Bay Area counties have stopped this practice — they do not turn people who have completed their sentences over to immigration. Santa Clara, Napa, San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin didn’t turn anyone over last year for example. Nor does LA. 3). You assume that they are all hardened criminals. But we have rehab programs for those incarcerated – our country believes that we are not defined by the worst thing we have ever done, we can change. 4). You assume they are all dangerous felons. In fact, last year people were turned over after being arrested for violating parole, having a forged drivers license, lying to a cop. These are not violent offenses. They are not deportable offenses. Nor are they capital offenses — and it can be a death sentence to be sent back to their violent home country.