Halting Del Norte Board of Supervisors Anti-Immigrant Letter
When: February 28, 2017
Where: Del Norte County, CA
In early 2017, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors considered sending a letter to State Senator Mike McGuire voicing opposition to Senate Bill 54, The California Values Act. The letter, opposing protections for undocumented residents of California, was decidedly anti-immigrant.
In just a few days before the Board of Supervisors meeting, True North leaders collected signatures from 200 registered Del Norte voters to show the Supervisors that this letter wasn't what citizens of Del Norte wanted. Leaders showed up to the meeting with the petitions, prepared to make their voices heard. They gave statements emphasizing the amount of fear present in immigrant communities, as well as the need to preserve our larger Del Norte community and come together in support of each other.
After a lengthy public comment period with enthusiastic testimony from both sides of the issue, Supervisors attempted to motion to send the letter to Senator McGuire, but the motion failed in a 2-2-1 vote. Supervisors noted a desire to listen to their public and do what is asked of them by the people in their decision not to send the letter.