Former Sacramento Police Chief Arturo Venegas Jr. says he hopes the report will be taken seriously, but he isn't holding his breath. Venegas was a member of the task force until he resigned last week, refusing to sign onto the report since he didn't think it went far enough. Four others resigned after him, one woman from the National Immigration Forum who agreed the recommendations fell short, and three union representatives who said the report didn't accurately reflect workers' perspectives.
One of the tipping points in Venegas's decision to back out was the task force's indecision on whether or not to recommend suspending the program pending reforms, or fixing it while it continues to expand. The report quotes one member as suggesting "DHS needs to fix this airplane while it is still flying." Venegas takes issue with this philosophy. "You ask a good pilot," he says, "and if they see that there's major problems with the plane, they bring it down at the closest airport possible."