Senate Leader de León Responds to ICE Threats on SB 54

Friday, October 06, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement statement on the signing of SB 54, the California Values Act:

 

“The Trump Administration is once again making heavy-handed threats against California because we won’t help them tear apart families and our economy in the process,” Senator de León said.  “The Acting ICE Director’s inaccurate statement exemplifies the fearmongering and lies that guide this Administration.”


What Others Are Saying About the California Values Act:


Ed Madrano, Gardena Police Chief and President of the California Police Chiefs Association said, “The compromise reached on Senate Bill 54 does two things: it addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations.  Furthermore, by continuing to allow local police to collaborate with federal law enforcement partners during criminal investigations, the amendments to SB 54 will let our agencies focus on protecting everyone in our communities from those with malicious intent.”

 

Jennie Pasquarella, Immigrants’ Rights Director for the ACLU said, “Today, Governor Brown acknowledged the voice and views of Californians across the state who worked day and night to ensure President Trump did not conscript California’s state and local police into his national deportation force.  With Senate President pro Tem de León leading the way, California made good on his promise to ‘defend everybody – every man, woman, and child – who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.’”

 

Grisel Ruiz, an attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center added, “In the face of this Administration’s threats, we welcome today’s clear message from California’s leaders that our law enforcement need not fuel an already ravenous deportation machine.  SB 54 brings crucial due process protections for immigrants in state custody, ensuring that fewer individuals face punishment twice simply because of where they were born.  This law ensures the safety, well-being and civil liberties of all California’s residents and will prevent communities and families from being needlessly torn apart.”

 

Pablo Alvarado, director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network said, “California is a more safe and strong place when all people – regardless of where they were born – are treated equally by our schools, by our courts, and by our criminal justice system.  SB 54 is proof that local leadership is necessary, and progress is possible, despite the politics of fear, hatred, and division that have paralyzed the nation’s capital.  California lawmakers draw strength and courage from immigrants, and ironically President Trump’s racist scapegoating has inspired an emerging consensus about the need for even greater protections for those who are most vulnerable.”

 

Andrew Medina, California Policy Manager for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California said, “SB 54 advances urgently needed protections for immigrants in California against the Trump administration’s mass deportation policies.  Through SB 54, California takes a significant step towards disentangling local law enforcement from immigration enforcement, thereby reducing the number of community members funneled into the cruel and inhuman immigration detention and deportation system.”

 

Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles added, “Today our State takes an affirmative step to further protect immigrants from unjust deportations with the enactment of Senate Bill 54 – The California Values Act – authored by Senate pro Tem Kevin de León.  This bill sends a strong message to Washington, D.C. that our state recognizes the dignity and contributions of immigrants’ families.  The California Values Act would bring urgent protections to our communities at a time when they are under siege by the draconian policies of the Trump Administration.  We applaud the hard work of Senate pro Tem de León and his staff as well as Governor Brown for signing this bill into law.


Sandra Diaz, Vice President and Political Director for SEIU United Service Workers West said, “With the passage of The California Values Act, California has reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the human dignity of all Californians, including immigrant communities.  We will lead the resistance and rise up to defend our immigrants against Trump’s deportation machine in our communities, in our schools, in our workplaces, and in this nation.”

 

Celinda Vazquez, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles added, “With California being home to nearly one quarter of the undocumented immigrants in the United States or an estimated 2.8 million people, Planned Parenthood health centers throughout California provide health care services to many of these individuals, especially in Los Angeles County.  They are our patients, our family members, and an integral part of our communities.  No one’s health should be compromised because of their immigration status.  This is why we support SB 54, which will provide essential safeguards to ensure that police, schools, health facilities, and courts remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life.”

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SACRAMENTO – The California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement statement on the signing of SB 54, the California Values Act:

 

“The Trump Administration is once again making heavy-handed threats against California because we won’t help them tear apart families and our economy in the process,” Senator de León said.  “The Acting ICE Director’s inaccurate statement exemplifies the fearmongering and lies that guide this Administration.”


What Others Are Saying About the California Values Act:


Ed Madrano, Gardena Police Chief and President of the California Police Chiefs Association said, “The compromise reached on Senate Bill 54 does two things: it addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations.  Furthermore, by continuing to allow local police to collaborate with federal law enforcement partners during criminal investigations, the amendments to SB 54 will let our agencies focus on protecting everyone in our communities from those with malicious intent.”

 

Jennie Pasquarella, Immigrants’ Rights Director for the ACLU said, “Today, Governor Brown acknowledged the voice and views of Californians across the state who worked day and night to ensure President Trump did not conscript California’s state and local police into his national deportation force.  With Senate President pro Tem de León leading the way, California made good on his promise to ‘defend everybody – every man, woman, and child – who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.’”

 

Grisel Ruiz, an attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center added, “In the face of this Administration’s threats, we welcome today’s clear message from California’s leaders that our law enforcement need not fuel an already ravenous deportation machine.  SB 54 brings crucial due process protections for immigrants in state custody, ensuring that fewer individuals face punishment twice simply because of where they were born.  This law ensures the safety, well-being and civil liberties of all California’s residents and will prevent communities and families from being needlessly torn apart.”

 

Pablo Alvarado, director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network said, “California is a more safe and strong place when all people – regardless of where they were born – are treated equally by our schools, by our courts, and by our criminal justice system.  SB 54 is proof that local leadership is necessary, and progress is possible, despite the politics of fear, hatred, and division that have paralyzed the nation’s capital.  California lawmakers draw strength and courage from immigrants, and ironically President Trump’s racist scapegoating has inspired an emerging consensus about the need for even greater protections for those who are most vulnerable.”

 

Andrew Medina, California Policy Manager for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California said, “SB 54 advances urgently needed protections for immigrants in California against the Trump administration’s mass deportation policies.  Through SB 54, California takes a significant step towards disentangling local law enforcement from immigration enforcement, thereby reducing the number of community members funneled into the cruel and inhuman immigration detention and deportation system.”

 

Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles added, “Today our State takes an affirmative step to further protect immigrants from unjust deportations with the enactment of Senate Bill 54 – The California Values Act – authored by Senate pro Tem Kevin de León.  This bill sends a strong message to Washington, D.C. that our state recognizes the dignity and contributions of immigrants’ families.  The California Values Act would bring urgent protections to our communities at a time when they are under siege by the draconian policies of the Trump Administration.  We applaud the hard work of Senate pro Tem de León and his staff as well as Governor Brown for signing this bill into law.


Sandra Diaz, Vice President and Political Director for SEIU United Service Workers West said, “With the passage of The California Values Act, California has reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the human dignity of all Californians, including immigrant communities.  We will lead the resistance and rise up to defend our immigrants against Trump’s deportation machine in our communities, in our schools, in our workplaces, and in this nation.”

 

Celinda Vazquez, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles added, “With California being home to nearly one quarter of the undocumented immigrants in the United States or an estimated 2.8 million people, Planned Parenthood health centers throughout California provide health care services to many of these individuals, especially in Los Angeles County.  They are our patients, our family members, and an integral part of our communities.  No one’s health should be compromised because of their immigration status.  This is why we support SB 54, which will provide essential safeguards to ensure that police, schools, health facilities, and courts remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life.”

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