It’s Time to Provide Basic Protections for Immigrants in Broward County


Nearly one in three Broward County residents comes from a foreign country. The truth is immigrants are essential to our communities.

Despite living and working together in our communities, so many immigrants live with the fear of being forcibly removed from their families and communities because of our country’s broken immigration system.

Right now, local officials are forced to follow one-size-fits-all policies that reinforce the federal government's deportation agenda. We cannot let the federal government’s failure to create a realistic path to citizenship for hard-working immigrant families result in their forced deportation.

That’s why we must ensure that Broward County makes local decisions to be a place where immigrants can prosper and succeed.

Use the form below to send your email and tell Broward Commissioners to pass local ordinances to protect immigrants' rights today.

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Dear Broward County Commision,

One in five people in Florida are immigrants. Nearly one in three Broward County residents comes from a foreign country. This means that every day, people in our community live in fear that they or their loved ones will be subjected to immigrant detention or put into the inhumane deportation pipeline.

Historically and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing essential and undocumented workers live in constant anxiety as they travel to work, preoccupied with providing for their families and hoping they won’t be stopped and asked about their immigration status. Unfortunately, the reality is that many times immigrants are stopped and detained for minor traffic violations or for simply being undocumented. An interaction that often leads to detention, being separated from their families, deportation, or even death at the hands of ICE.

As commissioner, there are actions you can take right now to protect immigrants and make our community safer for everyone, enhance public trust and community protection. I urge you to pass a local ordinance that includes the following policies to provide comprehensive protections for immigrants.

1. Prohibiting discrimination based on race, national origin, color, ability to speak English, and other factors that are specific to immigrant communities.
2. Protect crime victims and enhance community safety by creating clear processes for employing U visa forms for immigrants reporting crimes.
3. Creating an Immigrant Legal Assistance Fund to assist immigrants in unwarranted detention and deportation cases and ensure that immigrant parents are not separated from their children. As we know, minority communities are disproportionately policed. Black and brown communities need due process and access to legal representation.
4. Enhance transparency and oversight of any immigrant enforcement operations happening in your community and create avenues for community input on data and decisions being made relating to immigrants.
5. Decline to contract or enter into certain agreements with ICE.
6. Create processes to preserve immigrants’ rights for those subject to immigration detainers.

The federal government has failed hardworking immigrants and their families. It’s deportation agenda undermines human and civil rights for immigrant populations. Broward County must do better by our immigrant community and make our county a place where immigrants can succeed.


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