Sunday, October 21, 2012, 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday, October 28: A Thank-You To Police Chief Dennis Burns
A Thank You ceremony to personally recognize Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns for his endorsement of the TRUST act will be held on Sunday October 28st at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto
The ceremony will be at the end of the regular 9 am Spanish Sunday service with St. Thomas Aquinas Pastor, Rev. Mathew Stanley presiding.
The Trust Act, a bill passed by the California Legislature, seeks to counter the damage done to families and to community policing and public safety by the Secure Communities Program. The program conducts mandatory immigration checks of everyone booked into local jails and has led to the deportations of many thousands of people with no criminal records, while separating and devastating families and impeding law enforcement.
The Trust Act has been endorsed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, the police chiefs of Oakland and Palo Alto, California’s Catholic bishops and a wide cross-section of other city governments, police officials and immigrant-rights organizations. The current policies of the Palo Alto Police are supportive of keeping families together by their officers not participating in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) actions and not forwarding fingerprints to ICE for traffic and minor violations. At the October 21st Sunday service, the congregation will show its appreciation for Police Chief Burns’ effective and family friendly leadership on the immigration problems.
UPDATE: Even while Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the TRUST Act late the evening of September 30, Chief Burns will be recognized for his support.