The Humboldt Board of Supervisors is set to consider a resolution drafted by the Human Rights Commission aimed at ensuring the safety and peace of mind of those that feel threatened by federal policy regarding immigration status.
This potential action comes after the Board didn’t have the guts to create such a “civil rights and diversity” resolution of their own back in March.
Check the agenda attachment here: Human Rights Commission Recommendations
LoCO did a piece on the Board’s efforts, which was originally labeled as a “sanctuary” resolution, a few weeks back: (UPDATED) County Supervisors to Consider Resolution Supporting Diversity and Civil Rights for All Residents, Immigrants Included
If you take the time to go through the copy of the recommendations linked above, one thing about it may strike you: the resolution essentially says nothing, and in actuality accomplishes nothing. The Supervisors, and specifically Virginia Bass – who originally brought the concept forward – based the resolution on one passed recently in Sonoma County. The Sonoma County version, unlike Humboldt’s vision, notably guarantees essential County services to all residents regardless of legal status.
Bass was decidedly non-committal on that aspect.
According to LoCO: “For Bass, the specific words [of the resolution] don’t matter as much as the underlying principle.” (That is a worryingly vapid stance for a Supervisor to take on such a controversial issue, don’t you think?)
Judging from Virginia’s apparently desperate need to get attention, calling for the protection of all County residents while pushing the responsibility off on someone else to craft a resolution that effectively does nothing to protect anyone, it’s clear that the specifics of protecting really don’t mean a damn thing to her.
She just wanted to cast herself as sympathetic to people who may be affected by ICE raids or persecution by giving the issue lip service.
Case in point: LoCO asked Bass whether she thought the County should “provide “essential services to all County residents regardless of immigration status.””
Her response? That it depends on what constitute “essential services.” She went on: “Police and fire is one thing; county services might be a different discussion.”
Nice, Virginia. What about DHHS services – specifically access to health services? And do they deserve housing assistance?
Here, we see Virginia Bass in her natural habitat: pandering to whatever cause or group she can in order to secure her future on the Board of Supervisors, but not actually wanting to commit to a strong or meaningful position that might alienate people on the other side of the issue.
There’s a word for this: spineless. (Like a jelly fish.)
But wait! The tangled web of uselessness that is the proposed diversity resolution goes even deeper. If you didn’t read the resolution earlier, do it now by clicking right here, lazy.
The resolution has a lot of rosy language which espouses the diversity of the County and assure folks who might be worried that Humboldt has their back.
Unfortunately, if you read item #4 on the 3rd page of that attachment, you’ll see that it says this:
“Encourage and support local law enforcement agencies, including the
Sheriff’s office, to not use staff resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes, except as directed by State and Federal laws, and as stated in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office declaration of March 14, 2017: “Enforcement of immigration laws is not the job of the Sheriff and my office does not and will not conduct proactive or reactive immigration enforcement duties in this community“;
Let’s key in on the crux of the problem with that, which is the phrase “except as directed by State and Federal laws,” – which simply means that the County of Humboldt won’t bust you for being illegal until, you know, someone tells them to do it. As soon as the Donald comes calling, though, any illegals are screwed.
Ultimately, what we have in this resolution is a shameless attempt by Bass to pander to the left, while still trying to ensure she won’t lose support from the right. What we do not have is any form of protection for illegals or our communities, which Virginia claims to hold dear.
What we do have is yet another waste of our County’s time and money. What we do not have is County leadership willing to put themselves on the line for their beliefs or the good of our community.
At least other sanctuary cities and counties stick to their guns in standing up for what they think is right. But thanks for pretending, Virginia.