ACLU Statement on Escondido’s Proposal to Join Trump Suit Against the California Values Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2018
SAN DIEGO – Today, the City Council of Escondido will vote on a misguided and offensive proposal to join the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against the State of California that unlawfully seeks to conscript state and local governments into an inhumane deportation machine.
The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties issued the following statement:
“The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties strongly opposes the City of Escondido’s proposal to file an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit filed by the Trump Administration against the State of California that seeks to invalidate a set of bills that defend against government overreach and protect immigrant families. One of these bills is the landmark California Values Act (SB 54).
“Escondido’s proposal is an offensive endorsement of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. In its staff report, Escondido claims the city has ‘legitimate concerns about the lawfulness of the challenged state laws.’
“Nothing could be further from the truth. As a state, California has authority under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to allocate limited state resources to priorities that ensure the health and safety of its residents and communities. The California Values Act represents that constitutional exercise of state authority by strengthening the trust between California’s immigrant communities and state and local agencies. It also protects the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to enforce federal immigration laws that fuel mass deportations, separate families and spread fear through immigrant communities.
“Supporters of this measure before the City Council may claim that this action is a matter of ‘community safety.’ But the city’s anti-immigrant history – including the approval of an unconstitutional ordinance prohibiting landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants and rejecting a home for children fleeing violence and persecution – makes it evident that its motives lie elsewhere.
“Too often, the Escondido City Council has unjustly blamed the city’s problems, such as traffic, parking and housing, on immigrants. Perhaps, the real problem in Escondido’s City Council is xenophobia. And that is not a California value.”