ACLU Statement on San Diego City Council’s Decision to Sign On to Amicus Brief Against Trump Lawsuit

May 15, 2018
Edward Sifuentes
(619) 501-3408

SAN DIEGO – Today, the San Diego City Council voted to join the County of Santa Clara in an amicus brief opposing the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California’s pro-immigrant laws, including the California Values Act (SB 54).

The Trump administration filed the lawsuit earlier this year targeting the California Values Act and two additional laws – AB 450 and AB 103 – that seek to protect the state’s immigrants from mass deportation.

By signing on to the County of Santa Clara’s amicus brief, the City of San Diego will officially express its opposition to the lawsuit.

“We thank the council members for their leadership in protecting our immigrant communities,” said Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “Their vote today is a vote for the values all Californian’s share: Public trust, fairness, compassion and inclusion.

“Nationwide, law enforcement leaders and police chiefs acknowledge that public trust is key to effective community policing. We know that people are less likely to report crimes when victims and witnesses fear they may be deported if they contact local police. California is fully within its rights helping to keep families together, defending Californians’ constitutionally-protected due process rights, and protecting Californians from racial profiling and other injustices.

“We hope that more local elected officials follow the San Diego City Council’s example to stand with immigrants and stand with California.”