TWIN FALLS — People who support letting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children stay in the country and oppose a proposal to lease beds at the Jerome County jail to hold immigration detainees are planning a rally in Twin Falls on Saturday.
The Southern Idaho Progressive Coalition, Legislative District 25 Democrats and J.U.M.P. (Jerome United—Making Progress) are organizing the rally, which will go from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the steps of the Twin Falls County Court House on Shoshone Street North. Community leaders and local recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan to speak.
“We believe that all Dreamers deserve to stay and continue to be the productive and passionate people the are,” said Paul Sturman, with the Southern Idaho Progressive Coalition. “Along with this we are strongly against ICE procuring beds in Jerome. It only promotes mistrust and separation.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been looking into leasing beds in Jerome to hold up to 50 detainees a night. Opponents worry an increased ICE presence could mean more deportations in the area. As of early July, county commissioners were waiting for a finished proposal from ICE, and Commissioner Charlie Howell said Thursday evening he hasn’t heard anything new since then.
DACA was a policy of President Barack Obama’s letting some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as minors live and work in the country without fear of deportation. President Donald Trump said earlier this week he plans to revoke it in six months, while urging Congress to pass something to address the issue before then.