SanTana Activists Vow to Continue Fight After ICE Contract Hunger Strike Ends
Well into its fourth day, pro-immigrant and LGBTQ activists called off their hunger strike after the SanTana city council failed to void its decade-long contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jorge Gutierrez, Deyaniera Garcia and Jennicet Gutierrez camped out at Sasscer Park in downtown but the hunger strike didn't end there. Backed by grassroots organizations like RAIZ, Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU) and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, the three held a candlelight vigil last evening outside the home of councilman Vince Sarmiento in protest. Two days into the fast, the SanTana city council discussed its contract to rent city jail bed space to ICE for $105 a day per detainee. The Tuesday meeting was a rancorous one, with Donald Trump supporters calling on the council to renew the contract. After a lengthy debate, the all-Latino council voted to end its deal with ICE...when it expires on June 30, 2020.
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