Oxnard to take up “sanctuary city” resolution 7-25-17

By George Miller

According to the U.S. census records, 74% of the population of Oxnard CA is of Latino extraction, as of the 2010 census. The records don’t indicate it, but many are first generation or foreign born. Most have come here mostly for economic reasons- jobs are more scarce south of the border, or for family reasons. There are people here from other countries as well.

Many people are here illegally, in violation of federal immigration laws. Immigration and naturalization law enforcement is a federal responsibility. How many are here illegally, no one really knows, because they don’t check in when they arrive, because it’s, well, illegal. We have heard estimates of 30 to 50 thousand illegal aliens in Oxnard alone. Nearly everyone locally knows or knows of someone who is not here legally, although the fact isn’t usually broadcast. Nationwide, estimates of foreign-born people- both legal and illegal, range up to 60 million, an all-time record, if correct.  Of course, many are here legally, on visas, “green card” residents, or naturalized Citizens.

California, local laws and the courts have mostly looked the other way while record numbers of illegal aliens have arrived in the country. There are several reasons for this, including need for low cost labor, in some cases needs for special skills, humanitarian reasons, desire to erase national borders, even to boost votes short and long term for a certain political party. New immigrant Citizens and early native born generations tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

Pro-sanctuary city advocates displayed signs, complete with hamnmer & sickle, in Oxnard Council chambers and outdoors at the 3-7-17 meeting. Photo: Dan Pinedo/CitizensJournal.us

During most of this year, the city’s stance on immigration law enforcement has been discussed, during the City Council “items not on the agenda” period, during Community Relations Commission meetings, at community and NGO meetings, by the Police Department, in newspapers, blogs, Facebook and on the street.

The White House changed hands this year, in large part because of national outrage over government handling of the immigration issue.

So, it is in this context that a “sanctuary city” resolution found its way onto the Oxnard council agenda tonight. It appeared that Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and Council and Oscar Madrigal are in favor of the resolution. Mayor Flynn, and Councilmen Bert Perello and MacDonald appeared to be opposed to it in the past, but for differing reasons. All seem to be in favor of the Police Department not being in the immigration enforcement business.

Flynn told CitizensJournal.us that he was opposed because the existing police policy meets the needs expressed by the public, because the declaration would attract unwanted, unnecessary attention from the Trump administration, possibly triggering blocks in grants and expensive legal action. The Mayor has expressed some angst over the resolution and the Community Relations Commission which authored it and sent it to the Council. Since he played a major role in the appointment of the Commissioners and presumably knew what he was doing, it would seem that he shares at least some responsibility for the results. Interesting that he will be out of the country during this much discussed and controversial vote tonight.

The Council has been deadlocked on the issue for months via offline public statements and their comments during public airings during the “items not on the agenda: section of council meetings. 

Meanwhile, the somewhat radical Community Relations Commission, a Citizens Advisory Group chartered and appointed by the Council, has moved to more and more extreme rhetoric, finally passing  a proposed sanctuary city resolution, not a “safe city” one, for the Council to consider. This puts the Council in a position of having to at least consider putting it on the agenda and to formally consider it for the first time. The resolution can be read in the agenda materials linked below.

Meanwhile, County Sheriff Dean says he will continue to cooperate with ICE concerning prisoners in the County Jail, but deputies on the beat won’t be making arrests for immigration violations.  The CA state Senate has passed its SB54 Sanctuary State bill, but it stalled in the assembly because of multiple concerns with it, including protecting certain classes of felons.

7-17-17 Council meeting agenda


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George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard

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3 Responses to Oxnard to take up “sanctuary city” resolution 7-25-17

  1. Dennis ralph July 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Nyhoff should be terminated! Now.

  2. Dennis ralph July 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What part of illegal don’t they understand? Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. All across the country, US citizens are having their lives forever changed by criminal aliens. CIP 1. Roberto Galo, an unlicensed driver from Honduras who entered the U.S. illegally but earned temporary protective status (TPS), killed Drew Rosenberg, a second-year law student, on November 16, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Rosenberg was riding his motorcycle when Galo ran over him three , not once, but three times with his car. Galo was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 6 months in jail. USCIS refused to deport him and he was released after serving only 43 days.
    This list is endless !

  3. Citizen Reporter July 25, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Tonight, they passed a watered down version of a sanctuary city called “safe city.” Close to what OPD Chief Whitney announced months ago. Mayor Flynn was out of the country and told me it was “moved forward” on the agenda by some council members. City Mgr. Nyhoff contradicted Flynn’s words, which Flynn texted me.


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