California Senate Set to Vote Today on SB 54 California Values Act

Senate Leader de León to Hold Media Availability Immediately After the Vote

Monday, April 03, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate will vote today on a recently amended bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to head off a Trump Administration plan to enlist state and local police as immigration enforcement agents.

Senate Leader de León will take questions from the news media outside the Senate Chambers immediately following the vote.

Amended last week, the California Values Act, SB 54, now allows state and local law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before convicted serious or violent felons are released from custody. Also, the amendments make it easier for local law enforcement to transfer into ICE’s custody criminals who were previously deported for a violent felony.

The changes also clarify that local law enforcement can participate in task forces with ICE as long as the primary purpose of the task force is not immigration enforcement.

The California Values Act will prevent state, local, and school police from enforcing immigration laws or using their resources to investigate, detain, or arrest individuals for immigration violations.

“When local police are deputized to enforce immigration laws our communities become more – not less – dangerous,” said Senator de León. “Our limited law enforcement resources are squandered when police officers are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, students, busboys, and day laborers for immigration violations.

“Census data from 1980 through 2010 show that the incarceration rates of native born males was 5 to 2 times higher than that of immigrants. In counties that do not cooperate with ICE, there are on average 35.5 fewer crimes per 10,000 people in ‘sanctuary’ counties.” Senator de León added. “Undocumented residents will not report crimes for fear of deportation and criminals will roam free to victimize others.”

 

WHAT: Senate Vote on the California Values Act, SB 54 and press availability to follow

WHEN: 2 p.m. Senate Session, Monday, April 3, 2017

WHERE: State Capitol, Senate Chambers

All Senate floor sessions and committee hearings are livestreamed at http://senate.ca.gov

VIDEO: Senate Leader attends forum last week with Acting Director of ICE