Lettuce heads fester in the dark rows of fields surrounding Salinas. When the Pacific air comes in the early afternoon – just before the cool fog sweeps through the agricultural Salinas Valley, a faint odor cuts through the fresh ocean breeze. It’s an odor that sticks with you, usually at the end of the season when farmworkers astutely select the best greens to serve the world, discarding ugly or wilted lettuce which helps replenish the soil.
Month: May 2017
Legislation for the Department of Homeland Security looks oddly different in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. Signed into law last Friday by the President, this appropriations bill keeps the federal government running until September 30, 2017. A key part includes funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a department within the DHS.
More specific to that is a sentence – or lack thereof – that would have outlined information for a daily detention bed quota, which had been included in DHS appropriations since 2010. The prior Consolidated Appropriations of 2016 did have a quota for ICE: “Provided further, That funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds through September 30, 2016.” 2016 DHS appropriations also allocated $3.218 billion for “enforcement, detention, and removal operations, including transportation of unaccompanied minor aliens.” Continue reading “There’s something missing from immigration enforcement funding – and it’s an arbitrary number.”
Hours before Juan Manuel Martinez’s bond hearing in San Francisco on April 3, the 19 year-old Salinas Dreamer is not out of the clear, despite a recent correction made by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department that could have landed Martinez in a prioritized path to deportation.