Lupe Valdez letter drop off

TOP, immigration allies deliver open letter and FOIA request to Sheriff Valdez

TOP, immigration allies deliver open letter and FOIA request to Sheriff Valdez
Groups request information on the Dallas County Sheriff Office’s cooperation with ICE

DALLAS — Texas Organizing Project (TOP) leaders and local immigrants’ rights groups visited the office of Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez today to once again request an in-person meeting with Valdez to discuss how her department cooperates with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), a request she has refused for more than four months.

TOP and allies presented the sheriff’s office with an open letter which has been signed by several local immigration advocates, urging an in-person meeting with Valdez, as well as a FOIA request formally seeking to uncover the truth about the Dallas County’s Sheriff’s Departments relationship with ICE.

“It’s sad that Sheriff Valdez refuses to meet with the local immigrant community to talk about something so important,” said Genoveva Castellanos, a TOP community leader. “We want to make sure she is abiding by President Obama’s dissolvement of Secure Communities and that she is also prioritizing keeping Dallas County families together. We will not stop until Sheriff Valdez acknowledges the local immigrant community and gives us an in-person meeting.”

TOP and allies requested a meeting with Valdez after November’s election, but despite numerous phone calls and emails to her staff, no meeting with Valdez had been set. The groups visited the Sheriff’s Office again in January to make an appointment only to be told that a meeting would be set the following week, which never happened.

Groups that have signed on to the open letter and FOIA request thus far include: Proyecto Inmigrante, North Texas Dream Team, Pueblo Sin Fronteras,  North Texas Jobs With Justice, Arlington Unity Project, Coalition of Mexican Organizations, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and Mi Familia Vota – Texas.

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The Texas Organizing Project (TOP), a membership-based organization, works to build power through community organizing and civic engagement. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.