I’ve asked the Board of Supervisors to adopt a support position at our September 12th Board Meeting for Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), the California Values Act.
The Federal Administration’s decision this week to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months created a need to reach out to individuals affected by this action. Some are helping with DACA renewal paperwork. Others are offering emotional support. I feel the need to advocate for continuation of the DACA program and other supportive policies. The young people who have been accepted into the DACA program have done everything they can to be upstanding citizens. They have completed background checks, pay federal income taxes, don’t receive federal aid, and are contributing to our economy. They should be recognized for their hard work rather than sanctioned and punished.
California has been a shining light through the fog of fear and intimidation from federal policies. In Yolo County the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution reiterating our shared values of serving as a safe and welcoming community to all, regardless of immigration status. We are working to understand how we can better serve the farmworkers supporting the agriculture industry in Yolo County.
Another important step we can take together is to support statewide efforts to protect our community members, such as with Senate Bill 54 (DeLeon) that will make it clear that California law enforcement focuses on public safety, and not criminalizing those whose only crime is their documentation status.
The California Values Act (SB 54):
Prohibits local law enforcement from sharing information or investing time and resources in federal immigration enforcement efforts;
Prohibits transfer of an individual to federal immigration authorities for immigration enforcement unless a judicial warrant or probable cause determination is provided;
Allows local law enforcement to continue to coordinate with federal agencies for suspected criminal offenses when the primary purpose is not immigration enforcement;
Requires reporting of any joint law enforcement activities to the California Department of Justice; and
Limits assistance to immigration enforcement at public schools, libraries, public health facilities, courthouses, and shelters to keep these facilities safe and assessable to all residents.
As we affirmed in our Safe and Welcoming Community Resolution, we “will continue to promote the health and safety of residents through professional interactions by law enforcement with county residents without regard to immigration status.” Let’s encourage other communities in California to do the same through support of SB 54.
I encourage you to share your thoughts and viewpoints on this matter with the Board of Supervisors by emailing myself and my colleagues directly, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board meets at 625 Court Street, Room 204, Woodland, CA on September 12, 2017. If you have any questions or feedback on this topic, please contact myself or Tara Thronson at email@example.com.
In shared service,