Pixel Tracker

Sunday, January 20 , 2019, 10:53 pm | Partly Cloudy 57º


Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors Immigration Hearing Postponed

A public hearing about law enforcement matters regarding undocumented immigrants arrested for crimes has been postponed until the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 22.

Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino called the public hearing, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, in the wake of the July brutal attack on a Santa Maria woman who later died.  

One of the men arrested on suspicion of murder in the case is an undocumented immigrant with prior arrests and incarceration in the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Lavagnino noted the case received national attention, and exposed dangerous gaps in the justice system.

In the days after Marilyn Pharis died, law enforcement officials said their hands are tied in handling undocumented immigrants.

The 2013 California Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act (“Trust Act”) identifies when state and local law enforcement agencies may detain an individual based upon an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer request, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said.

A decision in a federal court case, Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County from 2014, also said that holding a person in custody based solely upon an ICE immigration detainer request may violate the individual’s constitutional rights.

The decision also said that a local or state agency could be held liable for this violation of a person’s constitutional rights.  

The hearing is being delayed because Sheriff Bill Brown is unable to be at the Sept. 8 meeting, Lavaginino’s aide said.

Like the meeting of Sept. 8, the Sept.22 session also is scheduled to be held in Santa Maria.

In addition to the sheriff, Lavagnino said he invited District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Chief Probation Officer Lupe Rabago, Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin, the county public defender and a representative from ICE to participate in the forum.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m, in the Betteravia Government Center’s Joseph Centeno Administration Building, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.