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California Values Act

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The ACLU of Northern California announced that on October 5, 2017 Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act (SB 54) and, with the stroke of a pen, California took a bold step to protect the rights, dignity, and wellbeing of our immigrant communities by becoming a sanctuary state.

SB 54, which will become state law on Jan. 1, 2018, will limit entanglement between state and local officials and ICE, and ensure that our schools, hospitals, and courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in California.

The Act states that “the Legislature finds and declares the following:

  • “Immigrants are valuable and essential members of the California community. Almost one in three Californians is foreign born and one in two children in California has at least one immigrant parent.
  • A relationship of trust between California’s immigrant community and state and local agencies is central to the public safety of the people of California.
  • This trust is threatened when state and local agencies are entangled with federal immigration enforcement, with the result that immigrant community members fear approaching police when they are victims of, and witnesses to, crimes, seeking basic health services, or attending school, to the detriment of public safety and the well-being of all Californians.
  • Entangling state and local agencies with federal immigration enforcement programs diverts already limited resources and blurs the lines of accountability between local, state, and federal governments.
  • State and local participation in federal immigration enforcement programs also raises constitutional concerns, including the prospect that California residents could be detained in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, targeted on the basis of race or ethnicity in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, or denied access to education based on immigration status.
  • This chapter seeks to ensure effective policing, to protect the safety, well-being, and constitutional rights of the people of California, and to direct the state’s limited resources to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.
  • It is the intent of the Legislature that this chapter shall not be construed as providing, expanding, or ratifying any legal authority for any state or local law enforcement agency to participate in immigration enforcement.”

Click here for a map of the states, counties and cities that have adopted sanctuary status.

Learn more about SB 54, and stay engaged with the ACLU on their Facebook and Twitter as they continue to work at the local level to make sure that every person’s civil rights and civil liberties are protected — regardless of their immigration status!

The Hill points out that “The law sets California on another collision course with the current administration, which has sought to withhold federal grant funding from states, counties and cities that do not abide by federal immigration detainer requests.”