Make California a Sanctuary State

Target: Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California State Assembly

Goal: Require police across California to cease most cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The state of California could soon effectively become a sanctuary for undocumented migrants due to a new bill recently passed. The bill, SB 54, would largely bar law enforcement agencies across the state from dedicating resources to assisting federal immigration authorities. The bill comfortably passed the Senate in a 27-12 vote along party lines. While this was a major victory for migrant rights advocates, the fight isn’t over. SB 54 will now head to the State Assembly, and still needs Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. The bill has momentum on its side going into the final State Assembly vote, and the Democratic super majority means SB 54 has a fantastic chance of being passed into law.

Nonetheless, the bill still could face fierce opposition, and the very real threat of being diluted to satisfy critics. This has already happened, with the current version of SB 54 including amendments allowing limited police cooperation with ICE in some circumstances. Critics may try to push for even more concessions.

These critics include two of California’s major police organizations, the Sheriffs’ Association and the California Peace Officers Association. Republicans likewise oppose the bill, arguing it would effectively turn the state into a safe haven for violent criminals.

The evidence isn’t on their side. A study by the Center for American Progress found rates of all crimes are lower in sanctuary cities. This includes lower rates of homicide compared to non-sanctuary cities. Advocates argue sanctuary legislation makes it easier for undocumented migrants to report crime and cooperate with law enforcement. It also forces police to focus their resources on more serious crime, instead of dedicating time to hunting down migrants without documentation. If you agree SB 54 should be passed into law, please sign our petition demanding it pass its final hurdles unscathed.


Dear Speaker Rendon.

California is on the cusp of becoming the first fully fledged sanctuary state. If SB 54 is approved by the State Assembly, it will end the war on migrants in California by largely barring local and state law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. SB 54 has not only popular support on its side, but also the facts. Studies clearly show sanctuary cities are safer and see less crime than their non-sanctuary counterparts. They encourage greater community cooperation with law enforcement, and free up police resources, allowing local law enforcement to focus on real threats to the community.

Unfortunately, SB 54 still faces fierce opposition from Republicans. The threat of SB 54 becoming diluted by Assembly Republicans is a very real one, despite the Democratic super majority. On top of this, there is increasing pressure from the federal government for California lawmakers to renege on their responsibility to answer to their own constituents. We therefore urge you and your colleagues to stand firm, and resist Republican pressure to gut this bill. SB 54 must be passed into law without being watered down.


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Photo Credit: Jonathan McIntosh

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    make california a country or a sanctuary state!

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