Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Stern's in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge him to support S.B. 54, the California Values Act. I hope Senator Stern will look out for the safety and security of the residents of his district, not those who wish to round up and deport law-abiding immigrants and separate parents from their children. Our local and state law enforcement officials should not be deputized, and no state resources should be used, to enforce the draconian policies of the Trump administration. This vote is coming down to the wire, and we're watching closely to see what Senator Stern will do. Thank you!
S.B. 54, the California Values Act, is due for a final vote in the State Senate on Tuesday. The bill was introduced last fall as statewide legislation that will build upon the decisions of numerous California localities to declare themselves "sanctuary cities," prohibiting their own law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal authorities in enforcing Trump's immigration policies. The measure counters Trump's moves toward implementing his campaign promises to round up otherwise law-abiding residents, separate parents from children, and generally turn back the clock on the rational immigration policies implemented under President Obama's administration.
Labor, religious and civil rights groups have hailed the legislation, which would ban local and state agencies from using state resources to communicate with federal immigration agents, with a few exceptions — such as task forces involving federal and local agencies. In addition to prohibiting direct physical participation by state officials in most immigration raids, S.B. 54 includes a number of protections against police sharing residents' personal data with federal authorities for immigration enforcement purposes. The proposal requires state agencies to overhaul their confidentiality policies and ensure they are not collecting more personal information from individuals than is necessary to perform their duties and provide services -- and it bans local law enforcement from collecting information, or even inquiring, about an individual’s immigration status for the purposes of enforcing federal immigration laws.
S.B. 54 has gained further support in recent weeks after compromise amendments were added that will allow federal authorities to receive advance notice before certain violent felons are released from state prison or local custody. The measure has advanced as an “urgency bill,” and would take effect immediately if it is signed into law after winning support from two-thirds majorities in both the state Senate and the Assembly.