Vote Yes on SB 54
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We, write to inform you that we are in support of SB 54, the California Values Act. This important legislation will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that our state,local resources, our schools, health facilities, shelters, Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) facilities and courts remain accessible to all Californians.
SB 54 would disentangle local law enforcement from the business of deportations by prohibiting local resources from being used for immigration enforcement purposes. Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement agencies, schools, and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances. With a few exceptions, no state or local resources will be used to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. And regardless of whether state or local resources are implicated, state or local law enforcement agencies will be prohibited from detaining any person for deportation without a judicial warrant.
Additionally, the bill will create safer spaces at schools, libraries, courthouses, shelters, DLSE facilities, and health care facilities, by limiting immigration enforcement at these locations. Each public entity shall establish and make public policies that limit assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law.
President Trump has made clear that he intends to create the “deportation force” he spoke of on the campaign trail, and to coerce states and localities into serving on the frontlines. The California Values Act makes clear that California—the state with the largest immigrant population in the nation—will not waste our limited resources on deporting our community members. We will not participate in a witch hunt to demonize immigrants, who are part of our state’s heart and soul. We will not compromise the civil rights and safety of our residents in order to facilitate a deportation machine that would tear our families apart. We will respect due process and uphold the equal protection of the laws, no matter what.
The California Values Act will ensure that California stands with all immigrants and provides a safeguard against divisive and discriminatory policies. We are proud to strongly support SB 54. Thank you for your leadership on this matter.
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