As time ticks away on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s contract at Santa Ana Jail, a city councilman tried Tuesday to restart talks for a new agreement with the federal agency – and fell short again.
Councilman Jose Solorio’s item to direct city staff to negotiate and execute a contract with ICE failed on a 3-3 vote, with councilmen David Benavides, Sal Tinajero and Vincent Sarmiento opposing and Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez absent.
Solorio’s request Tuesday “to reduce the likelihood of local residents having to travel to faraway facilities to visit and help family members and friends that may be detained by ICE, and in recognition of the Mexican Consulate’s announcement to offer increased legal services to immigrants, and local availability and access to immigration attorneys in Santa Ana” – died on the same vote count as his similar motion two weeks ago.
However, the absent council member at that meeting was Sarmiento.
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