Immigrant Activists Occupy SanTana City Hall, Demand End to ICE Contract
January 25, 2017
Dozens of immigrant rights activists chanted their way into SanTana's city hall this morning demanding a meeting with councilman Jose Solorio. Equipped with a bull horn and protest signs, they began picketing in the front lobby. Private security locked the doors and sent employees away from their work desks. "We will not leave until we meet with Jose Solorio," activist Jorge Gutierrez declared. "Solorio come out right now!"
Protesters put their signs down and began a sit-in, vowing not to leave until their demand was met. SanTana city council unanimously approved a "sanctuary city" ordinance last week just days before President Donald Trump's inauguration, but its contentious jail contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) remains a decade after first being signed.
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