March 14th, 2019
Viridiana Vidal, 702-206-2110,

REACTION: California celebrates consensus

San Francisco, CA – On Wednesday morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-sanctuary lawsuit against California. In response, Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement:

“All signs today point to another reminder by federal courts that Trump cannot impose deportations on states.  Trump’s anti-sanctuary campaign has failed. And if anyone has any doubt, they can ask any of the non-existent Orange County Republican members of Congress.

“Today’s oral arguments signal that the Trump administration will continue to bump his head on another wall– the federal courts that will (again) reject his attempt to violate the US Constitution.  Sanctuary cities’ policies are the local line of defense to reject Trump’s illegal overreach. That is the California consensus that we defend and we celebrated today outside of the courthouse in San Francisco.”


While President Trump rallies his base with talk of the wall and caged children, he has been thwarted in his effort to increase deportations by countless cities and states that have rejected the use of local and state resources for immigrant detention and deportation.  The CA VALUES Act (SB54 DeLeon) is to date the strongest anti-Trump legislation in the country, ensuring most of California’s state resources are not enabling Trump’s white nationalist agenda.