For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting
Sept. 28, 2018
Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018;

NDLON Response on Huntington Beach SB-54 Ruling

Los Angeles, CA – Yesterday, a state Superior Court judge based in Orange County issued a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the city of Huntington Beach against California’s “Sanctuary State” law, SB 54 or the California Values Act. The judge erroneously found that SB-54 does not apply to Huntington Beach, a charter city, but it is not clear whether this applies to any other cities besides Huntington Beach.

In response, Jessica Karp Bansal, Co-Legal Director at NDLON issued the following statement:

“We are confident that yesterday’s decision will be overturned on appeal. In the meantime, it should have a very limited effect on the important protections provided by the California Values Act statewide. If anything, Huntington Beach’s misguided opposition will only galvanize support for sanctuary within Orange County and throughout California.”

Additionally, the ICE Out of California coalition steering committee, which played a key role in passing the California Values Act, issued the following statement:

We are confident that in the end, the California Values Act will not only be upheld in its entirety, but expanded upon. It is more urgent than ever to protect everyone, including immigrants, from the Trump administration’s abuses of power.

In the meantime, the California Values Act continues to protect immigrants from the Trump administration’s deportation machine in all of the state’s 58 counties, from Siskiyou to San Diego. County jails have long been the lynchpin of ICE’s cruel deportation push, but every California Sheriff remains bound by SB 54’s protections.

As far as Huntington Beach is concerned, this narrow ruling is illogical, absurd, and wholly inconsistent with legal precedent. We are confident it will be overturned.

We are also confident that across the state, our values of equality and compassion will prevail. Immigrants are a vital part of California’s heart and soul. Those cities that align with the federal government’s hate-filled agenda will ultimately find themselves on the wrong side of history, discredited morally and politically, just as proponents of the xenophobic Prop. 187 did a generation ago.

Background: SB 54 (de León), also known as the “Sanctuary State” law or the California Values Act, sets a minimum standard across the state to limit local law enforcement from acting as deportation agents. A recent study from the Migration Policy Institute found that “sanctuary” policies like SB 54 have successfully reduced deportations. While an organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center has been attempting to orchestrate opposition to SB 54 in certain conservative areas of the state, recent polling has found a solid majority of voters support the “sanctuary state” law. The Trump administration’s attacks on “sanctuary” jurisdictions have met a series of defeats in federal court.