June 1, 2017
The Honorable Reginald Jones-Sawyer
Chair, Assembly Public Safety Committee
State Capitol, Room 111
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 54 (de León) California Values Act – SUPPORT
Dear Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer,
Indivisible Ventura strongly supports SB 54, the California Values Act. President Trump has committed a terrible violation of human rights by signing an executive order that indiscriminately criminalized approximately three million Californians, 6% of our population. Yes, Californians. This group, economic refugees, produced by years of destructive US policies in their home countries, has contributed to making our own economy the sixth largest in the world with their labor, their taxes, their contributions to our military services and their good citizenship.
It’s our turn to step up for our friends and neighbors. Indivisible is a national group committed to resisting the Trump agenda of autocratic domination of our democratic processes, the corporatizing of our environment protections, suppression of our civil rights and the denigration of the poor and working classes.
We will not compromise the civil rights and safety of our residents in order to sate Trump’s xenophobic followers. Already, photographic evidence of women and children in concrete cells and men sleeping on floors in foil blankets convince us we are living in our generation’s Manzanar, a breakdown in human decency that will haunt and shame us forever.
SB 54 is vital to protect their safety and well-being as well as that of all Californians. It will ensure that our state and local resources are not used to pay for mass deportations and the destruction of families and that our schools, libraries, health facilities, shelters, and courts remain accessible to all. This protection will also ensure that our economic refugee population retains their confidence in participating in our society, including being willing to report crime, which contributes to everyone’s safety.
The California Values Act will ensure that California stands with all immigrants and provides a safeguard against divisive and discriminatory policies. Indivisible Ventura is proud to strongly support SB 54. Thank you for your leadership on this matter.