Freedom for Immigrants urges that the City of Oakland protect criminalized immigrants and refugees by passing a city resolution to support the VISION Act, AB 937 (Carillo). Freedom for Immigrants is a national immigrants’ rights organization based in Oakland with an extensive network of thousands of individual and organizational members across the United States. We monitor the human rights abuses faced by immigrants detained by ICE through a national hotline and visitation network. Since our founding in 2011, Freedom for Immigrants has documented thousands of abuses in immigration detention reported by hundreds of individuals who have been funneled from California jails or prisons to ICE detention.
Freedom for Immigrants a proud co-sponsor of the VISION Act (AB 937, Carrillo), which would end ICE transfers from local jails and CDCR. ICE transfers often result in permanent family separation, prolonged ICE detention, and significant trauma and hardship on refugee and immigrant communities. This harmful practice has longed impacted the City of Oakland and immigrant families in Oakland. The VISION Act, authored by Asm. Carrillo, is supported by a large coalition of criminal justice and immigrant rights organizations, as well as strong legislative support.