Back to All Events

Daily Action: Turn the Tide on Jacqui Irwin's SB54 Call Tally

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin

(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
(805) 482-1904 (Camarillo)
(805) 483-4488 (Oxnard)

(Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Assemblymember Irwin's in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her to stand with her constituents on both sides of Ventura County and support S.B. 54, the California Values Act. Immigrants are our friends and neighbors, and contribute an enormous amount to our local economy. The California Sheriffs Association is wrong about S.B. 54, and its stance reflects a dangerous bias against Latinos. It's time we prioritize the safety and security of our fellow Californians, not those who wish to round up and deport law-abiding immigrants and separate parents from their children. Assemblymember Irwin should know that we are watching her vote on this issue very closely. She must decide: Does she stand with us, the people who elected her -- or does she stand with the Trump administration's draconian immigration policies? Thank you!

Yesterday's rally outside Assemblymember Irwin's office in Camarillo was a raucous, well-attended success -- but now it's time to follow up. Sources indicate that calls to Irwin's office opposing the California Values Act currently outnumber calls supporting it.

S.B. 54 would ban local and state agencies from using state resources to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing Trump's immigration policies, with exceptions for the sharing of information about violent and serious felons. The bill would require state agencies -- not merely law enforcement, but all others that interact with and collect information about California residents -- to ensure they are not collecting more personal information than necessary to perform their duties and provide services.

Irwin is one of the key swing votes on the measure, and she is torn between her large Hispanic constituency (particularly in the western part of Ventura County) and her perception of the views of white constituents in the eastern part of her district. (She is also being pulled toward opposing the bill by her collegiality with Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, who has not been swayed by amendments to the bill that allow advance notification to immigration authorities when violent criminals are about to be released from prison.)

Indivisible: Conejo activists need to show Irwin that there is strong sentiment in favor of the California Values Act in the East County, and that support for the measure is not limited to Hispanics.