Indivisible: Conejo’s Issue Action Team on Immigrants’ Rights is fighting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant actions on numerous fronts, at the federal and state levels. The team’s principal near-term plans are:
- To monitor activity on California SB54, which would prevent local law enforcement from sharing personal information about residents with federal immigration officials;
- To oppose potential administration or congressional actions that might punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal funding – or that might punish the entire state of California if it does not cooperate with Trump’s policies;
- To advocate against administration and congressional actions that might undercut or eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and/or the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs;
- To monitor, and oppose, congressional progress toward fulfilling Trump’s executive order authorizing a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico, as well as other EO’s that would harm America’s immigrant population;
Donald Trump campaigned with an eye toward building resentments toward undocumented (and other) immigrants, whom he falsely portrayed as streaming across the border (illegal immigration is down since 2008), committing crimes at a high rate (undocumented immigrants actually are less likely than citizens to break the law), “stealing” jobs from Americans and driving down wages (data do not support these assertions), etc.
Now that he’s in office, Trump has signed an executive order authorizing construction of a border wall, and repeatedly has asserted his intention to deport millions of immigrants and otherwise restrict their rights, and to punish cities (and even the state of California) if they remain or become “sanctuary cities” and do not go along with his policies. In response, California (and many cities across the nation) have made clear their intentions to defy those policies.