Senate Leader de León and Brown Reach Agreement on SB 54, California Values Act

Monday, September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today on new amendments to SB 54, the California Values act, that are the result of negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown and clears the way for a crucial Assembly floor vote this week.

"This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place," said Governor Brown.


Senate Leader de León added: “Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, continues to provide landmark protections for our undocumented community and prevents our state and local law enforcement resources from being diverted to tear families apart.  California will protect our communities from the Trump administration's radical and hateful immigration policy agenda.

“SB 54 will ensure that state and local police are not diverted from protecting our communities in order to enforce federal immigration laws. The protections provided by SB 54 will also ensure undocumented residents can report crimes and assist in prosecutions without fear of deportation.

“With the President’s decision to rescind DACA and stepped up ICE incursions into our neighborhoods, SB 54 is needed now more than ever.

“Along with SB 54, separate lawsuits filed by UC President Napolitano and California Attorney General Becerra challenging President Trump’s decision to roll back DACA present a united front to protect those who are vital to California’s economy and future.”

What Others are Saying about the California Values Act:

Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, saidSB 54 represents a significant improvement over the painful status quo statewide, where immigrant Californians in many places lack any protections against devious ICE tactics which enlist police and sheriffs as deportation agents.  This bill will prevent many abuses and will take us one step closer toward recognizing that law enforcement should treat all people fairly, no matter what they look like or where they were born.  We will continue to fight to recognize the humanity and dignity of every person who calls California home.”

Jennie Pasquarella, Immigrants’ Rights Director for the ACLU of California said, “California lawmakers can send a clear message to those who recklessly target immigrant communities: we will stand up for our values of compassion and equality; we will protect our communities.  The California Values Act will lift the bar statewide to safeguard Californians’ due process rights, particularly in those jurisdictions that have proven to be active, even enthusiastic, participants in the Trump mass deportation agenda.”

Joseph Tomas McKellar, Co-Director of PICO California said, "SB 54, the California Values Act, is more than just a bill - it is a moral statement about the sanctity of families, redemption, mercy, and second chances for immigrants and citizens alike.  While SB 54 is not perfect, it will ensure California leads the country towards keeping thousands of families united while rebuking the demonization and scapegoating of immigrants and other racially and economically excluded groups. We believe in the endless compassion and justice of our loving God, and we call upon the State Assembly and Governor Brown to pass this strong version of SB 54 with no further amendments. PICO California’s 400 congregations across 24 California counties look forward to its passage.”


Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights said, “We applaud Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and Governor Jerry Brown for coming together to provide protections to California’s immigrant communities through Senate Bill 54.  The California Values Act further limits collaboration between immigration officials and local law enforcement, creates safe zones, and most importantly, recognizes the human dignity of immigrant families. As the Trump Administration ramps up a cruel and hostile environment targeting immigrant youth and families, the State Assembly must act and swiftly send SB 54 to the Governor’s desk for a signature.”

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said, “Today’s agreement on SB 54 between Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and Governor Jerry Brown constitutes a victory for migrants and a direct repudiation of Trump’s racist mass deportation policies.  Courage is overcoming the politics of fear in our state.  The undocumented community and its allies are ready to stand up against anyone who poses and obstacle for the bill’s implementation.  We will ensure, through monitoring and legal action if necessary, that its protections are fully put into practice.”

Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel for MALDEF said, “In the current atmosphere of fear and confusion created by the Trump Administration, it is important to separate local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement to the maximum extent possible; SB 54 is a timely and important step in that direction and will serve to protect communities throughout California.”

Angela Chan, Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus said, “SB 54 is the result of groundwork laid by many years of statewide organizing by immigrant communities across California.  We know all too well how community members are turned over to ICE by police and sheriffs.  We look forward to curbing entanglement between local law enforcement and ICE by implementing SB 54 and advancing more protections in the years to come.”