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Daily Action: Protect the California Values Act in Thousand Oaks

Submit a letter to the Thousand Oaks Acorn (deadline Sunday at 5 p.m.):

Submit a letter to the Ventura County Star by email:

Speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Thousand Oaks City Council, 6 p.m. in council chamber at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. (Public comments are accepted at the beginning of each meeting. Fill out a speaker card at the entrance.)

In recent weeks, Trump supporters and immigration opponents have made the rounds at city council and board of supervisors meetings across southern California, seeking local resolutions to undermine the California Values Act (SB 54). That new law, signed by Gov. Brown after being supported by both state Sen. Henry Stern and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, prohibits state and local agencies and employees from assisting in federal immigration enforcement, except in situations involving convicted violent and serious felons. It already is working to protect law-abiding immigrants in our schools, city halls, courthouses and community centers -- keeping state- and locally held records from being used by ICE to identify undocumented residents, and keeping local law enforcement from participating in efforts to round up residents who are merely trying to live their lives and contribute to our society.

After coercing more than a dozen municipalities in Orange and San Diego counties to approve resolutions rejecting the California Values Act, immigration opponents now are targeting Thousand Oaks. During a City Council meeting on April 10, a dozen speakers urged the council to "opt out" -- many of those speakers coming from outside our city, including arch-conservative congressional candidate Jeffrey Burum and would-be sheriff candidate Bruce Boyer. City Manager Andrew Powers responded by noting that Thousand Oaks is not a "sanctuary city," that immigration policy is beyond the scope of local government, and that SB 54 is not hindering the ability to police the city -- suggesting that the council is unlikely to consider a resolution. Still, if a horde of voices opposing SB 54 are the only ones our council or community hears, council members may yet decide to placate the anti-immigrant minority by placing such a resolution on their agenda.