In an unprecedented move, the Arlington, Virginia County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has declared it will no longer voluntarily work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in dealing with undocumented migrants.
The announcement was made in a letter sent from Arlington County Sheriff Beth Arthur, to appease advocacy groups. Arthur writes the office “will no longer recognize any ‘voluntary action’ requests from ICE nor place the information in our records management system.”
She added the “updated policy” includes the fact that the sheriff’s office also “no longer contact ICE for any releases from our facility, to include felony charges.”
Arthur notes the policy is to become “effective 12/20/2022.” Arthur wrote the letter and policy change after being invited to a community meeting set up by the advocacy group La ColectiVA, earlier this month, during which she heard personal stories.
“First, I would like to thank you for inviting me and my staff to the community event to hear the impactful experiences that individuals and families in the community have had to face regarding ICE interactions. I listened to the concerns and impacts with an open mind, and I have also consulted with my attorney (as I told you I would), and carefully considered all the information that was given to me,” Arthur began her letter.
“We celebrate this community win,” said Danny Cendejas, a community organizer with immigrant advocacy group La ColectiVA. “People in the neighborhoods have been speaking up about the criminalization they have faced, their direct experiences of being targeted, family members even being deported because of county policies collaborating with ICE.”
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