For Immediate Release
October 5, 2017
Contact: Denise Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mi Familia Vota Praises California Governor Jerry Brown for Signing New Law Protecting Immigrants and Pushing Back Against Trump’s Extremist Agenda
FRESNO, CA — Mi Familia Vota (MFV) celebrates CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing SB 54, the state’s sweeping new law that abolishes horrendous state and local deportation practices like making arrests on “civil” immigrant warrants,” and 287g agreements that turned local police into immigration enforcement officers, even though immigration is a federal function.
SB 54 also stops local officers from asking about immigration status during routine interactions, it blocks local police from sharing personal information with federal immigration officers, unless it is publicly available, and also bans cruel, costly, and unconstitutional ICE “holds” in local jails. Amid reports that ICE agents have arrested immigrants in courthouses, hospitals and schools, SB 54 ensures that such public spaces remain safe.
The following is a statement by Samuel Molina, MFV California state director:
“Once again, California and Governor Brown are showing the rest of the nation how to strike a smart balance between keeping communities safe while not resorting to hateful policies espoused by the Trump administration.
“This is a great day for all Californians to rejoice, as immigrants can rest a bit easier knowing that our great state of California stands with them. Governor Brown recognizes the importance of public safety and the contributions that the immigrant community gives each day to California.
“SB 54 should serve as an example to states that want to keep their communities safe with inclusive policies that protect all residents. The alternative, as we have seen with Texas’ racial profiling law, SB 4, which is now pending in the courts, increases division in communities, makes all communities of color fearful of law enforcement even if they are not undocumented immigrants, separates families and causes workers to flee to the detriment of the economy.
“SB 54 is not the last step in our fight for justice, but in California, it is a major leap forward.”