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A few days ago, President Trump attacked California on Twitter over “sanctuary cities” and criticized the important work we’ve been doing to protect our families and our communities.
We passed SB54 to ensure that all people — regardless of their immigration status — are welcome in the state of California. Detractors of the bill may bring up “public safety,” but SB 54 only prevents local law enforcement from coordinating with ICE’s racist deportation scheme, not legitimate safety issues. In fact, sanctuary policies like SB 54 have been shown to make our cities safer.
As the son of immigrants, this fight is personal. Families, many of them just like mine, should never be torn apart. Peaceful, law-abiding residents of our state should never be interrogated due to the color of their skin or the language that they speak. Such violations of our most basic constitutional rights will never be tolerated or enforced in California.
Donald Trump doesn’t understand our values as Californians. He doesn’t understand that our differences are what really make America great.
As your senator, I will continue to develop progressive, compassionate immigration legislation like SB54 that supports the equal treatment of all people. I can’t sit back and let Trump’s policies continue to devastate families across our country.