SDIRC Statement on State Senate Voting to Advance the ‘California Values Act’

SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 54, also known as the “California Values Act.” This bill will help keep communities safe for everyone by ensuring that local and state resources do not go towards deportations. This will help make certain that local and state law enforcement are able to focus on protecting communities, not enforcing immigration law.  

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Advisory Board issued the following statement:

“The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium applauds the State Senate for passing Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act.” We are grateful to our local delegation, including State Sen. Toni Atkins, who is a co-author on the bill, for standing with immigrant communities. The “California Values Act” is critical to protecting immigrant families in our region and beyond, and we hope that the Assembly will now recognize the importance and urgent need for this bill and act accordingly to move it forward.”

 

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

 

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Trump Administration reissued its divisive travel ban executive order  by, among other things, limiting the issuance of visas to individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, and stopping all refugee admissions for 120 days.

Laura Moreno, Chair of the  San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:
“The revised executive order continues to be a misguided effort to target immigrants and refugees based on their religion and the geography of their birth. These actions put our country’s safety and security at risk, and sow fear, hate, and division in our communities. San Diego is a thriving and diverse place thanks in part to the contributions of immigrants and refugees who call this place home, and we stand united in rejecting the revised executive order.”
 
About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC). Through SDIRC, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants; and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants. More at: www.immigrantsandiego.org.
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Union-Tribune: Denouncing the wall

Local activists hold a press conference denouncing Donald Trump’s exectuvie orders targeting immigrants and refugees as well as the proposed building of a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico.

Read more at the Union-Tribune for the full story.

PRESS CONFERENCE: San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Actions

SAN DIEGO, CA — Leaders from across San Diego County will hold a press conference today in front of the County Administration Center to condemn President Trump’s executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.

 

In response to the president’s actions, local elected officials, faith leaders, immigrant and refugee advocates, and impacted community members will urge the public to support the passing of SB 54, the California Values Act, which prevents state and local dollars and law enforcement agencies from helping immigration officials separate families and terrorize communities.

San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Actions

San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Actions

 

SAN DIEGO — Leaders from across San Diego County strongly condemn President Trump’s executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.

As a result of the president’s actions, refugees, who are mostly women and children fleeing war and violence and who have already been vetted, now stand in harm’s way. Immigrants and visa applicants from entire countries are now blocked based on nothing more than the geography of their birth, harkening back to discriminatory immigration policies of the past. In addition, southern border communities that lack resources and infrastructure are now facing the prospects of an expanded border wall that does nothing to revitalize their communities.

A lot depends on Trump’s definition of ‘criminal’ and ‘immigrant’

By Kate Morrissey

As President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, his hard-line supporters and the unauthorized immigrants he has pledged to oust are waiting to find out how Trump will define a group that he has often railed against — “criminal immigrants.”

Both words of that phrase raise questions about Trump’s main targets for immigration policy.

“Criminal” raises questions because while a person’s immigration status is considered a civil matter, anyone who crosses the border without permission could be charged with a misdemeanor, illegal entry. Anyone who does it twice could be charged with a felony, illegal re-entry. Some wonder whether Trump will increase prosecution of these offenses as part of his plan to deport criminals.

“Immigrant” raises questions because, while Trump’s supporters seem focused on unauthorized immigrants, those who are here legally — such as with a green card — can also commit crimes and be deported for it.

Read the full story here.