Poll Shows California Voters – No Matter Their Political Persuasion – Overwhelmingly Want Transfers of Immigrant Californians to ICE to Stop

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By Vanguard Staff


SAN DIEGO, CA – California voters, according to a new poll, overwhelming support – no matter what their political affiliation – an end to the “double punishment of immigrant Californians and stopping transfers of Californians to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”


The new poll was provided by the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at University of California San Diego.


“The polling results show that voters in California across the political spectrum are in strong support of ending California’s role in funneling our immigrant families, neighbors, and friends to ICE. California needs to stop subjecting immigrants to double punishment and allow immigrant families to be reunited,” Angela Chan, Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus, which commissioned the poll.


“This includes the vast majority, 76 percent, of voters who are unsure about recalling Gov. Newsom, who agreed with the statement “after an immigrant who is convicted of a crime serves their prison or jail time, they should be allowed to return to their community here in California and rebuild their life,” Chan added.


The poll shows strong support across the political spectrum for the VISION Act (AB 937-Carrillo), which ensures that once a person has earned their release from state prison or local jail, they are not transferred to abusive and possibly deadly ICE detention and instead are able to return to their families and communities and rebuild their lives, said Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, which commissioned the poll.


Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose candidates for office.


Other poll highlights include:


  • A large majority of California voters support ending transfers of immigrant Californians to ICE, with 67 percent of respondents saying that they support or strongly support the VISION Act;


  • Eighty percent of respondents — including 76 percent of self-described conservative voters and 54 percent of registered Republican voters — agree or strongly agree that regardless of what country a person was born in, they should be released from prison or jail after completing their sentences; and


  • Six of out of every 10 respondents say that the statement “after an immigrant who is convicted of a crime serves their prison or jail time, they should be allowed to return to their community here in California and rebuild their life” aligns closest with their personal views.


  • Respondents who are “unsure” about re-electing Governor Newsom are the group who most agree with this statement, with 76 percent in agreement.


The summary of poll results are available here and crosstabs here. The survey was fielded online from June 24 to July 5 among 1,004 registered voters and has a margin of error +/- 3.1 percent.


The new poll comes as the state Senate Appropriations Committee prepares to consider the VISION Act (AB 937), which would ensure that once a California immigrant has earned their release, they are not double punished by ICE detention and deportation.


This includes people who have completed their sentence, been granted parole, have had charges dropped, or been granted release by a judge. On July 13, the bill passed the Senate Public Safety Committee 4-1 and passed the Assembly in June.


“The data make clear that a strong majority of Californians support the VISION Act. Not only do they support the policy, the results also show that Californians strongly support the principles that undergird AB 937, as three-fourths of respondents stated that immigrant Californians who have served their prison or jail time should be allowed to return to their communities and rebuild their lives rather than be turned over to ICE for detention and deportation,” said Tom K. Wong, associate professor of political science and founding director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego.


“Californians are seeking just and fair policies that keep families and communities together and strong,” said Chan, adding “The largest counties in the state have already chosen to end unjust practices of transferring immigrant community members to ICE. By passing and signing the VISION Act, California legislators and Governor Newsom can deliver for all Californians and maintain our state’s leadership in addressing systemic inequities that drive mass incarceration and deportation.”


The Asian Law Caucus said the legislation has received support from the Black Legislative Caucus, the Latino Legislative Caucus, the API Legislative Caucus, numerous city and county governments, the California Labor Federation and numerous other labor unions, and over 100 community organizations, among others.


The caucus notes that City and county governments, as well as district attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco, have called attention to how ICE transfers affect their communities. The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color estimates that transfers to ICE of people eligible for release from local jails alone cost $7.3 million dollars in 2018 to 2019.


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11 thoughts on “Poll Shows California Voters – No Matter Their Political Persuasion – Overwhelmingly Want Transfers of Immigrant Californians to ICE to Stop”

    1. Keith Olsen

      Yeah, I’m going golfing right now so I don’t have the time to dig into this.  But this was an online poll, which in itself makes it questionable.  Then you have to know what questions were asked and how the questions were framed.  You also have to take into consideration the advocacy of any organization doing these types of polls.

          1. David Greenwald

            BTW, given that the US has a higher COVID rate than any of the immigration countries except Argentina, you should be worried more about people coming here from Arkansas and Florida than other countries. The problem is you are not being rational here, you’re attempting to mau mau the immigration issue while you downplay the COVID one.

        1. Keith Olsen

          Point being, looking toward immigration as the culprit here is dumb.

          Who said it was THE “culprit”.  It’s another part of the problem.  What’s dumb is not admitting that they do help spread COVID.  What’s hypocritical is demanding vaccine cards of citizens to use restaurants, theaters, etc. when we let migrants in without demanding that they have the vaccine.

          1. Don Shor

            What’s dumb is not admitting that they do help spread COVID.

            I assume you’re familiar with the long history in the US of equating immigrants with disease.
            If you’re concerned about immigrants testing positive for COVID then advocate for testing and vaccinations at the border. I’d be completely fine with that, as well as enhanced outreach to the immigrant communities irrespective of their documented status.

          2. David Greenwald

            Moreover the primary problem is the failure of American citizens to vaccinate, which is why the largest caseloads per 100,000 are not occurring in states with high immigration rates but rather states with low vaccination rates.

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