Re "These aren't our friends or neighbors; these are people who have been sent to jail for crimes" (Worth Repeating, Aug. 21): Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, is not telling the whole story when he says that immigrant detainees are people who have been sent to jail for crimes.
Many of the 60-some men and women currently being held in the Sacramento County Jail came to the attention of law enforcement through traffic violations, domestic dispute calls or possession of small amounts of marijuana. They have never been charged, much less convicted of any crime but are being held only for their immigration violations.
And many of them have been in this country for 10 or 20 years, working, paying taxes, and raising families. So they are our friends and neighbors. Even the IRS can't go after people after 10 years have passed. These people shouldn't be occupying jail cells and Assembly Bill 4 attempts to address this problem.
-- Joan Lacktis, Rocklin