Advancement Project California The Best Resistance is Our Collective Success

President Trump has his answer: “We have a lot to lose.”

We urge all our California Senators to support bills SB 6, SB 31, and SB 54 on April 3.

By Khydeeja Alam Javid

During his campaign, President Trump asked Hispanics and African Americans, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is too much. What’s more, if he were to ask that question to every minority group in the US, the answer would be the same.

We as minorities are living in the reality of losing our dignity, our freedom, our rights, and our very citizenship. Given that California is the most diverse state in our nation, the threat of these losses is even more real. From ideas of tracking and registering Muslim Americans, to mass deportations of hard working immigrants, to banning immigrants due to the ideology of those in power, our lives are at stake.

However, California has taken a stand against xenophobia and bigotry and has pledged to protect our diverse communities regardless of their immigration status, race, and religion. Senators De Leon, Lara and Hueso have introduced SB 6, SB 31, SB 54 – bills that tackle those prejudices and slap the Trump Administration with a pledge of resistance.

While this is a needed step in the right direction, these three pieces of legislation are no good if they do not become law. Without these bills, the Trump Administration will continue to ruin lives, rip apart families and make us all less safe – with the stroke of a pen.

Each one of these bills, brought forth by the Legislature, seeks to protect our most vulnerable communities and creates a roadblock to any future policy that goes against our state’s principles. The specifics of each bill is as follows:

SB 6 provides immigrants access to qualified legal counsel in deportation or removal proceedings.

SB 31 prohibits a state or local agency, as well as state and local law enforcement, from providing or disclosing to federal authorities personally identifying information regarding a person’s religious affiliation for data collection purposes.

SB 54 protects the safety and wellbeing of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or terrorize our communities. The bill will provide essential safeguards to ensure that police, schools, hospitals, courts, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life.

Passing SB 6, SB 31, and SB 54 is the first important step in this movement of resistance that California’s leaders promised, and we thank those who are leading the effort.
We at Advancement Project California proudly support each of these bills, which together bring equity and understanding to the future of our people.

We stand with those who have given so much to our communities, our economy, and our understanding of what it means to be American. We expect the same from our policymakers, whom we have entrusted to make those decisions. Supporting these bills means standing up for diversity, inclusion, and justice for all who find refuge in our great state.

These bills send a powerful message of inclusion across the nation. Because if California doesn’t take the lead, who will? Our pioneering spirit guides the way for creating a safe and supportive country regardless of race, religion, or economic status.

Photo credit: Heidi De Vries from Berkeley, CA (Protest against Donald Trump in San Francisco)

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