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Tuesday News: Nunberg Goes Wild, Says He’ll Likely Cooperate with Mueller; “If Texas Turns Blue, It Starts Tonight”; Time for Virginia to Step Up on Metro Funding


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 6.

  • From the Virginia Interfaith Center:

    Communities demand clarity from Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade on ICE holding policy

    Following the holding of Erick Hernandez past his scheduled release date, the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network and allied community organizations are demanding that Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade clarify county policy on holding individuals in the county jail past their scheduled release date on the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Erick Hernandez was scheduled to be released the morning of Saturday, March 3 but was held past that time due to a request by ICE. Hernandez was not provided with information on why he was being held and neither he nor his lawyer were shown a warrant. After significant community pressure, including phone calls and physical presence at the jail, Hernandez was released from the Henrico County West Jail around 10:30am on March 4.

    Numerous courts have found that it is not constitutional to hold individuals in jail past their scheduled release dates on ICE detainer requests or administrative warrants unless the warrant is court-ordered and signed by a judge. It is unclear in the case of Erick Hernandez whether ICE provided the Henrico County Sheriff’s Department with a court-ordered warrant or an administrative request.

    “Sheriff Wade must clarify whether he is holding individuals on administrative requests from ICE,” stated Lana Heath de Martinez, convener of the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network. “Doing so is morally wrong, unconstitutional, and it is punishing Henrico’s taxpayers – with and without documentation – by inviting lawsuits with settlements that will require taxpayers to foot the bill.”

    In May 2017, Henrico County settled a lawsuit brought by an immigrant who was held beyond his scheduled release date on an ICE detainer. After that settlement, Sheriff Michael Wade stated that the Henrico Sheriff’s Department “does not currently hold immigrant inmates for ICE beyond their scheduled release date without a warrant” (Richmond Times Dispatch, June 4, 2017).

    Erick Hernandez is a young Henrico County resident who grew up in the United States and whose DACA status expired in mid-February due to an alleged missing signature on a renewal form. Although stymied in fixing this problem during the Fall due to the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, recent court orders have re-opened DACA renewals and Hernandez is seeking to renew his DACA status. Following a traffic stop in February, Hernandez was arrested for a misdemeanor offense and held at Henrico Jail West.

    “I’m so relieved to have Erick back home with me and our mom, and I want to make sure this never happens to another family,” explained Erick Hernandez’s brother Christian Hernandez. “We’re a country built on the idea that everyone is guaranteed certain fundamental rights, and I want assurances from the sheriff of the county where I live that they’re not violating the constitution by holding people on administrative requests.”

    The Central Virginia Sanctuary Network provides support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled. It is nested under the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

  • Video: Team Trump clearly freaking out, sends out Trump’s minions to trash Sam Nunberg.


  • From the VA Senate Dem Caucus:


    RICHMOND — This afternoon, for the first time in recent memory, an amendment addressing racial profiling was attached to an improper driving bill. Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax City) amendment to HB 181 requires law enforcement to track and report demographic data for those pulled over.

    Said Senator Petersen, “The time is now to address the issue of racial profiling. Tracking demographic data will hold our public safety officers accountable. The amendment does not fix the problem of racial profiling, but it is a first step in the right direction.”

    Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “This is the first time we’ve ever been on record monitoring racial profiling. The data that will be compiled under this bill will open a new world of opportunity with regards to generating policy proposals and ideas to make sure law enforcement is not unfairly targeting a certain segment of the population, and all communities are going to be safer for it.”