SB 54, the California Values Act, will likely pass the Assembly.
This bill that we have been tracking all session, prohibits open-handed cooperation between CA governmental agencies, including law enforcement, and ICE, on rounding up and deporting people from our state. This is critical to assuring due process for all people and especially to protecting the role of immigrants, documented or not, as witnesses to crimes and their rights as victims of crimes. People cannot live in the shadows, powerless to engage with our police if they are living in fear of them.
This does not ban deportations. It simply means immigrants — the aliens among us God has directed we care about — be given strong rights before our laws. The Constitution of the United States requires this. SB 54 ratifies that process.
SB 54 does the following:
- Disentangle ICE and local law enforcement: No state or local resources will be used to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
- Require a judicial warrant in order to detain any person for deportation purposes: Regardless of whether state or local resources are implicated, no state or local law enforcement agency will detain or transfer any person for deportation without a judicial warrant.
- Protect sensitive locations: California schools, health facilities, courthouses, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement will remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of immigration status.
You may email the Governor directly via his site: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/
The office phone and FAX numbers are also located on this page.
The Governor also has two field offices:
Los Angeles — phone: 213-897-0322 or FAX: 213-897-0319
San Francisco — phone: 415-703-2218 or FAX: 415-703-2803
The message is simple:
Hello, my name is______ and I am a member of California Church IMPACT (and/or your congregation or group). I am asking you to sign SB 54 to offer the immigrant populations of California due process in all potential deportation operations. This law protects people from unlawful and over-zealous actions by ICE and keeps our local state law enforcement people focused on their job of protecting us all, not abetting a horrible and abusive federal policy. SB 54 upholds the Constitutional directions to provide aliens with due process and assures that they receive full and fair hearings on their status. We need a strong, thoughtful law to keep people from harm, and SB 54 is it. Please pass this bill as it stands. Thank you.
Please begin your contacts with the Governor now. We are in the final month of this session, and time is of the essence. Justice for all people requires this of us.