Letter to the Community:
SB 31 (Lara) The California Religious Freedom Act and SB 54 (De Leon) The California Values Act are headed to the Governor’s Desk for consideration. We are so close to providing vital protections for our communities and the last step is for the bills to be signed into law! We need to mobilize one more time and call on Governor Brown to sign both bills into law. Governor Brown needs to know these bills will play an important role in supporting our most vulnerable communities.
SB 31: California Religious Freedom Act
This bill co-sponsored by CAIR California, ensures that no state or local agency will participate in any federal program to create a registry based on a person’s religious beliefs, practices or affiliations, national origin, or ethnicity, for law enforcement or immigration purposes.
SB 54: California Values Act
This bill will ensure that our state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and will ensure that our schools, health facilities, and courts remain accessible to all Californians. State and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances.
CALL TO ACTION
We as members of CAIR-CA and MPower Change are calling on you to sign SB31 and SB54 into law. Both laws will protect Californians from targeting by law enforcement and public institutions based on their identity and status. California must lead the way against the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and White Nationalist agenda. We urge you to sign both bills into law
Letter to the Governor:
Dear Governor Brown,
I write in strong support of SB 31 (Lara) California Religious Freedom Act and SB 54 (De Leon) California Values Act.
SB 31 protects the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local agencies and personnel do not participate in, or use agency resources to create a registry, list, or database of individuals based on religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations; national origin; or ethnicity. History has demonstrated that registries based on religious affiliation and national origin are not effective law enforcement or anti-terrorism tools. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government instituted in 2002 the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS began by requiring special registration from male visitors arriving from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Syria but eventually expanded to 25 countries, most with majority Muslim populations and most in Africa and the Middle East. Registrants were fingerprinted, photographed, and questioned by immigration officers. NSEERS resulted in 80,000 registrants, of which 13,000 landed in the pipeline for deportation. This program resulted in zero terrorism convictions.
SB 54 would disentangle local law enforcement from the business of deportations by prohibiting local resources from being used for immigration enforcement purposes. Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances. Additionally, the bill will also create safer spaces at schools, libraries, courthouses, shelters, DLSE facilities, and health care facilities, by limiting immigration enforcement at these locations. Each public entity shall establish and make public policies that limit assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law. President Trump has made clear that he intends to create the “deportation force” he spoke of on the campaign trail, and to coerce states and localities into serving on the frontlines. The California Values Act makes clear that California””the state with the largest immigrant population in the nation””will not waste our limited resources on deporting our community members. We will not compromise the civil rights and safety of our residents in order to facilitate a deportation machine that would tear our families apart.
Given that President Trump has moved forward with many of his campaign promises, with your help, California can take a proactive stance to protect the civil liberties of all Californians. Thank you for standing with us for social justice and for your leadership on this matter. We need you to be bold and courageous as the rest of the nation will follow California’s lead on these very important policies. Please sign both SB 31 & SB 54 into law so that we can provide strong protections for our most vulnerable populations.
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