Though only the fourteenth most populous county in California, San Mateo County currently has the second highest number of ICE referrals of immigrant youth of all California counties. Most of these youth are from communities of color in the county — mainly East Palo Alto and Redwood City.
The Problem of Juvenile ICE Referrals
Check out this white paper produced by the Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic on San Mateo County’s practice of juvenile probation officers reporting and referring youth to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In defending their position to refer youth to ICE, Probation Chief Stu Forrest sent the Coalition this letter on October 29, 2011. Click below to read it.
After raising much community concern, San Mateo County then drafted a new proposal that is currently under consideration. To read that, click below.