S.B. 54, the California Values Act, moved closer to passage in the State Senate late last week, with a final vote expected during the next few days.
The bill was introduced last fall as statewide legislation that will build upon the decisions of numerous California localities to declare themselves “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting their own law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal authorities in enforcing Trump’s immigration policies.
Call our Senator #19 Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (representing Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Camarillo): Sacramento: (916) 651-4019, Santa Barbara: (805) 965-0862, Oxnard: (805) 988-1940
and #37 State Assembly Member Monique Limon (representing Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard): Sacramento: (916) 319-2037, Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649, Ventura: (805) 641-3700
Script: I’m a constituent of Senator/Assemblyperson, whom I’m calling to urge support of S.B. 54. State resources should not be used to assist federal authorities in tracking, rounding up and deporting our law-abiding and non-violent immigrant neighbors or separating parents from their children. Thank you!
More Info: The act would draw a firm line between local law enforcement at our schools, hospitals and courthouses. The measure counters Trump’s moves toward implementing his campaign promises to round up otherwise law-abiding residents, separate parents from children, and generally turn back the clock on the rational immigration policies implemented under President Obama’s administration. This civil rights nightmare is also endorsed by Jeff Sessions.
Labor, religious and civil rights groups have hailed the legislation, which would ban local and state agencies from using state resources to communicate with federal immigration agents, with a few exceptions — such as task forces involving federal and local agencies. In addition to prohibiting direct physical participation by state officials in most immigration raids, S.B. 54 includes a number of protections against police sharing residents’ personal data with federal authorities for immigration enforcement purposes.
The proposal requires state agencies to overhaul their confidentiality policies and ensure they are not collecting more personal information from individuals than is necessary to perform their duties and provide services — and it bans local law enforcement from collecting information, or even inquiring, about an individual’s immigration status for the purposes of enforcing federal immigration laws. In Ventura County, the ICE office would be removed from inside our jail.
S.B. 54 has gained further support in recent weeks after compromise amendments were added that will allow federal authorities to receive advance notice before certain violent felons are released from state prison or local custody.
The measure has advanced as an “urgency bill,” and would take effect immediately if it is signed into law after winning support from two-thirds majorities in both the state Senate and the Assembly.