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CAIR-CA Welcomes State Assembly Passage of SB 54 & SB 31

(SACRAMENTO, CA 9/15/17) – The State Assembly passed the California Values Act (SB 54) and the California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31), marking a momentous victory for immigrant rights organizations.

SB 54, introduced by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that our state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and ensuring that state services are accessible to all Californians.

SB 31, introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara would prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database based on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.

“CAIR-CA welcomes the passage of immigrants rights legislation, SB 54 and SB 31”, said CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas. “Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump we have seen policies that threaten the livelihood of vulnerable communities. SB 54 and  SB 31 will limit local law enforcement cooperation with prejudicial federal immigration policies and ensure that all Californians’ safety and civil rights are protected.”

The California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocated for the California Values Act and the California Religious Freedom Act at their 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol where over 700 Muslims across California gathered in Sacramento to urge their legislators’ support.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas, 951-259-5105, ycasillas@cair.com

 

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