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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell your local officials: Protect human rights in California

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Dear Friend,

The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant Department of Justice is suing the State of California for its sanctuary bill the California Values Act (SB 54) and other pro-immigrant policies. But you can help stop this horrifying plan to roll back human rights in the Golden State. 

Use your power to demand that your sheriff and other local officials stand with California against Trump’s attempts to harm our immigrant communities.

ICE out of California

We've teamed up with our friends at the ICE out of California Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California, and thousands of Presente members, like you, to defend California as the only sanctuary state in the country. Currently, state law restricts collaboration between local police and federal immigration enforcement, and California has vowed to not assist ICE in targeting our immigrant community members, families, and friends.

Tell your local officials that you stand with human rights protections and ask them to speak up in support of the California Values Act.

Trump wants to break families apart, while California has shown the country how to hold the values of community support, inclusiveness for immigrants, and sanctuary for all. Trump and his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, are suing California to target the California Values Act (SB 54), also known as the “state sanctuary” law, and they’re using public safety and terrorism as excuses. Make no mistake, this xenophobic and racist lawsuit is meant to intimidate other states that want to take the same big steps California has taken to stand with our immigrant communities.1

The California Values Act became state law in January 2018.2 SB 54 protects sheriffs and police, too, by not forcing them to become federal immigration and customs agents, and losing credibility with a large and important community in our state: immigrant families. The law prohibits local law enforcement from holding community members for ICE, providing work and home addresses to ICE, arresting community members on "civil immigration warrants," and in many cases, notifying ICE about someone’s release date or transferring someone to ICE custody.3 SB 54 is called the Values Act because it reflects our California values; we believe local law enforcement should respect the worth, safety, and value of our immigrant communities.

Tell your local officials to stand for California Values and speak out against the DOJ lawsuit.

California believes that all people deserve to access education, healthcare, and justice. Accordingly, the California Values Act created "safe zones" around schools, libraries, health facilities, and courthouses to ensure that public agencies remain safe and accessible to all residents, regardless of immigration status.

Local officials, like Sheriffs, have the power to stand up to bullying by the Trump administration to defend immigrants in California who are vital to our communities. Without the support of local law enforcement, ICE officials and the federal government will neither have the resources nor capacity to carry out their plan to separate families, harm communities, and violate human rights through Trump’s deportation machine.4

Your voice matters. When you tell your local officials that protecting immigrants matters to you and to stand against the DOJ lawsuit, you are taking a step to protect our California values.