For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting
July 5th, 2017
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Sacramento, CA – On Wednesday, the California Values Act (SB-54, de León), widely considered as the ‘sanctuary state’ bill, passed the Assembly Judiciary Comittee with support from Democratic lawmakers. The bill would limit California involvement in enforcement of federal immigration law.
Claudia Bautista, Regional Organizer, from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing demonstrates a clear need for lawmakers to continue to lead with concrete action. The vitriolic opposition to SB54 from elected sheriffs quite literally proves the need for the bill. Not only are California Sheriff’s attempting to weaponize fear in order to foster opposition to SB54, they are willingly using stereotypes and anti-immigrant rhetoric to justify their efforts.
“After todays successful vote, lawmakers and community leaders should feel emboldened and continue to stand with immigrants. Now is the time to inspire courage and hope from below and ensure that the anti-immigrant lobby does not drive our movement.