Two bills we think are important for the rights of immigrants in our population will be voted on in the California Senate this coming Monday, April 3.
SB 6 offers every immigrant facing deportation the right to legal counsel. SB 54 requires that all California state and local agencies refrain from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in identifying and apprehending immigrants for that reason alone.
SB 54 makes full cooperation with ICE a requirement when it comes to violent or serious felony offenders. But it stops police or any other agency from identifying or apprehending people who are guilty of nothing but a questionable immigration status.
Although ICE purportedly arrests only those with felony convictions, the actual record is considerably different. Many mistakes - or indifference to status - have been made in the last few months of increased action on deportations. Ripping families apart for no reason, deporting contributing taxpayers, threatening the stability of workplaces, are not the solution to our chaotic immigration system.
Please call your state Senator today or send email or FAX communication over the weekend. It is important that our witness for the 'stranger among us' be loud and clear.
Hello, my name is _______ and I am calling from _______ (indicate city as a constituent) to ask Senator ________ to support an inclusive SB 6, the Due Process for All Act, and a strong SB 54, the California Values Act, which will both be voted on in the Senate floor on Monday. I urge the Senator to be on the right side of history, not on the side of the California Sheriff's shameful collusion with Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. Will the Senator support SB 54 and SB 6?
To access your Senator's contact information, please go to: http://www.churchimpact.org/take-action.html
These two bills will go a long way to stopping the harassment and sheer terror that now are constant companions for too many of our neighbors. Yes we need paths to lawful presence, yes we need paths to full citizenship. What we cannot uphold is a chaotic, nightmarish apprehension and detention system that makes huge errors and destorys lives.
Raise your voice today for your fellow human beings. It is what we are called to do in our lives today.