SAN DIEGO, CA...Acting in opposition to busloads of constituents gathered in support of three laws being challenged by the Federal Government--including the California Values Act--the all-Republican San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to side with the U.S. Justice Department. County residents opposing the board's action dramatically outnumbered its supporters--some of whom were the same out of state residents who earlier this month appeared in Escondido, attempting to inflame the audience with provocative rhetoric.
The federal lawsuit challenges three separate statutes governing the way California law enforcement and civilian employers may interact with federal immigration authorities, specifically:
- California's right to protect workers' privacy by prohibiting employers from sharing employees' personal information with Federal Authorities unless required by law;
- California's law limiting state and local law enforcement from sharing information with federal authorities about individuals in custody, without a court order.
- The California Attorney General's right to conduct an inspection and review process aimed at ensuring that proper procedures are followed; state and federal laws upheld; and limiting the size and scope of California taxpayer-funded law enforcement resources that may be commandeered to support routine federal immigration enforcement.
Board Chair (and congressional candidate) Kristin Gaspar, and Supervisors Dianne Jacobs and Bill Horn, all voted to support Trump’s lawsuit. Supervisor Greg Cox voted against the measure while Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent.
CA State Assembly District 76 Candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke briefly at the meeting in support of California's state laws, citing the contributions immigrants have made and the importance of keeping families together for the stability of communities and society. She added that many of the arguments against California's laws are fueled by fear--springing from deliberate misinformation fed to the public by the Trump administration.
"Keeping families together creates stronger communities," she says, "I can't stress that enough." She added, "Immigrants are a vital part of our economy--and yet, those who are undocumented often work the hardest and earn the least. Our law does not protect rapists and drug lords, nor does it inhibit law enforcement in the State of California from exercising the appropriate level of cooperation with federal authorities. There are 800 specific instances in which local law enforcement work with federal authorities. That said, I object to having California tax dollars diverted to functions that are the responsibility of the federal government."
With respect to the need for inspection and review by the state Attorney General, of immigration enforcement here, she noted, "ICE and DHS are picking up people brought here as children--people who only speak English--and deporting them to foreign countries where they have no connections and no way to live. There are reports of deported women and girls disappearing--presumed to be dead or trafficked. Many honorably discharged veterans--who were promised citizenship and deserve it--get caught up in the deportation net. Their "crimes" include traffic violations, petty theft, and low-level drug offenses. They deserve better."
She concluded, "You have a DECISION to make: stand WITH California--or side against California and with Trump's racist agenda."