Local Law Enforcement Slow to Implement SB 54 in San Diego County

New report reveals how local agencies are measuring up one year later

SAN DIEGO, CA — A new report by the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) on the implementation of SB 54 in San Diego County shows that law enforcement agencies have been slow to implement the requirements of the California Values Act, also known as SB 54.

One Year Later: SB 54 Implementation in San Diego County



Updated: April 2019


By Erin Tsurumoto Grassi

In October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, into law.  A huge victory for immigrant and refugee communities across the state, the California Values Act (SB 54) limits how local and state law enforcement can collaborate with federal immigration agencies and puts additional measures in place to provide more transparency and accountability when local and state law enforcement agencies partner with federal immigration agencies.

SB 54 went into effect on January 1, 2018. The intention of this report is to examine the ways that local San Diego law enforcement agencies have implemented SB 54 in our region. The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) published a policy brief on the statewide implementation of SB 54 that outlines the general trends that are happening across the state (Gomez and Razavi). This report will address the general trends laid out by CIPC and whether or not any of our local law enforcement agencies fall into those trends.

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