Learn More About Immigration Task Force Monterey County
How We Began
Originally members of Indivisible Monterey County, the Immigration Task Force Monterey County formed immediately following the issuance of the 2017 Muslim ban by the new administration. At this meeting, several people voiced outrage and deep concern for undocumented families and friends they knew who were afraid to go to work and whose children refused to go to school because they were terrified that their family would be torn apart by deportation.
We each shared the desire to protect, defend, and empower immigrant communities by providing them with information and tools to protect themselves from the increasing threat of ICE raids. We sent out a call to interested members in all indivisible chapters in Monterey County and anyone who wanted to help defend the rights of immigrants.
Our next step was to ask threatened community members what their families needed to feel safer. From there, we began to build bridges between other organizations and a strategy to build trust across communities.
What We Believe
We Believe That No Human Being Is Illegal
We believe that migration is an inherent human drive. From the moment humanity first walked upright, we have walked our way across the face of the earth. The United States is largely a nation of immigrants, including indigenous peoples who walked here across land bridges that no longer exist.
An understanding of human evolution and anthropology tells us that migration in search of a better life is a fundamental instinct. We do not believe that migration is wrong or that any human being should be branded as illegal because they are trying to find a better life for themselves and their families.
Thanks to our country’s founders, all people who stand on the soil within the boundaries of the United States have certain rights and protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. These rights apply to all, regardless of immigration status.
Since our beginning, we have successfully:
Our work will continue as long as the need exists to defend the rights of people who wish to migrate to our country.
"We can’t let people drive wedges between us…because there’s only one human race."
– Dolores Huerta