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Immigration enforcement is the exclusive duty of the federal government. Any effort to change how it’s done is best spent where those decisions are made: Washington, D.C.

No local ordinance, regardless of its content, is going to alter that fact. Changing our nation’s immigration policy is a generational undertaking, and it will ultimately require a Congress and a president who can agree on legislation that can survive a Supreme Court review. Anything less is spitting in the wind.

Measure K, if passed, would among other things limit communication between the sheriff’s office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while requiring the sheriff’s office to report on its communications with ICE.

No one has submitted ballot arguments against Measure K, but Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal has come out against the measure as unnecessary. And although Humboldt County has played fast and loose with the numbers when it comes to estimating the cost of implementing the measure, the sheriff is right about one thing: ICE agents won’t be subject to it.

Vote your conscience, but regardless of your opinion on immigration enforcement, this measure won’t change much.

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