City Council to vote on contract with ICE to house detainees at Springfield Jail

Protesters urged the City of Springfield to end its contract to house ICE detainees at the city jail. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Springfield City Council will vote at 7 p.m. on Monday on whether to approve changes to the city’s agreement with Immigration Customs and Enforcement, or commonly known as “ICE.”

On Monday afternoon, dozens of community members stood on the steps outside the Springfield City Hall, demanding that the Springfield City Council break or suspend the agreement with ICE.

“I want to say I am privileged because I was born here, but that doesn't give me a right to turn my cheek onto what's going on in my community,” a community member says.

Signs and voices saying “ICE does not belong in our community” are the foundation of these community members.

Currently, the agreement allows ICE detainees to be held up to 72 hours at Springfield Municipal Jail.

“A lot of families didn't even know that we've had his contract since 2012,” Johanis Tadeo with Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect says.

“There’s a lot of kids and families you know who are scared,” Tadeo says.

The proposed agreement would require detainees to have a criminal history and would no longer hold people who are solely in violation of legal residency. But, some people say they shouldn’t be detained at all.

That’s why Tadeo has started a petition to end the agreement.

“We wanted to see what businesses and what other community members would be willing to end the ICE contract,” he says.

He says nearly 75 businesses in Springfield have signed the petition.

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