Thursday, April 6, 2017

California vs. Deportations

Approximately 70 percent of all deportations nationwide are the result of local law enforcement’s participation in federal immigration enforcement activities. This is where Trump’s deportation dragnet lies — in the arrests, hand-offs, and information-sharing between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. The administration needs local law enforcement as its “force multipliers.” Without their assistance, the Trump administration cannot dramatically increase deportations.


Just this past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would withhold federal funding to agencies that do not cooperate with ICE’s detainers, even though courts have held that compliance with ICE detainers violates the Constitution. And, in a failed effort to spark fear and outrage, the administration released information about numbers of ICE detainer requests declined by local police, but the information was so misleading and erroneous it earned the ire of even California’s most ICE-friendly sheriff.


President Trump has already unleashed his immigration agents to troll areas of public life previously considered off-limits for immigration enforcement, including areas around schools, hospitals, and places of worship. Survivors of violent and physical assault are dropping their cases for fear that testifying in court will expose them to deportation. Educators report that school attendance is dropping, and health clinics report that immigrants are removing themselves from California health-care programs.


The California Values Act will establish statewide standards to ensure that state and local resources are not used to deport thousands of Californians.


The California Values Act would ensure that California residents have equal access to vital public services, including police, hospitals, schools, and courthouses, regardless of national origin and immigration status.

The bill passed the Senate in a 27-12 vote along party lines with Democrats in support and Republicans in opposition.

SB 54 heads to the California State Assembly, where Democrats hold a super majority. If it passes there, the bill would go to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

For Californians, the ACLU website has a form you can submit to urge your assembly member to vote yes on the bill.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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