The ACLU of Virginia stands with the Fairfax County NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens Virginia in our opposition to the implementation of national immigration polices, particularly the aggressive, discriminatory and likely unconstitutional tactics deployed by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an effort to increase deportations.
Ever since President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order, ICE's ruthless, wide-net approach has brought terror to the most vulnerable members of the Latino community in Fairfax County and undermined efforts to build trust between law enforcement and the community. We do not believe that these efforts to implement national immigration policies are consistent with the values we cherish locally, as the immigration population is an essential part of Fairfax County's rich and diverse community. We ask the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Police Department, Sheriff's Office, and School Board to stand firm in their commitment to promote diversity and keep community members safe. We also encourage faith, advocacy, and community organizations to speak out against these inhumane policies and assist families disrupted by these policies in any way they can. In our joint letter, we detail what Fairfax County officials can do to demonstrate their opposition to ICE's disruptive conducts and make Fairfax County a welcoming place to all.