Immigration advocates head to CA capital to lobby for sanctuary state bill

CA immigration advocates head to Sacramento, as ICE crackdowns continue 


by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

All eyes are on California’s state capitol of Sacramento this week, as the most populous state moves closer to becoming a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants.

Members of Southern California based Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) are taking an overnight bus ride to the state capital, to lobby the State Assembly to pass the California Values Act.

“The main mission is to promote the passage of SB54. We don’t want this to be a police state in which the people don’t trust our police, because they’ll be afraid to be turned into immigration services,” said Luis Tadeo, CHIRLA. “So we want to protect the trust between the people and the police.”

The bill’s movement comes as the immigration crackdowns continues.

Last week, ICE arrested 86 people in the Pacific Northwest region, among them two Filipinos.

The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco says the arrests were made in Anchorage, Alaska, but could not give further details.

They are coordinating this case with federal authorities.

This comes about a week after another Filipino, Rey Galleon, was arrested in San Bernardino, California and immediately deported back to the Philippines.

While Latinos have been on the forefront of the immigration movement, CHIRLA says the recent arrests should be a wake up call to all ethnic groups.

“It’s no longer just a Latino issue; it has to do with different races,” said Tadeo. “People from Syria, people from Africa that are being targeted. Filipinos that are being targeted. So it’s not longer just a Latino fight; it’s become a broader fight now.”

The Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese is also rallying help for undocumented Filipinos.

Some churches will be handing out Know Your Rights information cards during Palm Sunday masses in Filipino neighborhoods.

“You should carry with you a little ID, so if anybody is arrested you can produce this and say, I’m not going to speak unless I’m in the presence of a lawyer,” said John Brannigan from St. Columban Church. “That’s written down. You just sign that, and carry it with you as a protection.”

The so-called sanctuary state bill was passed by the State Senate last week, and is expected to be taken up by the state assembly soon.

Several cities, including West Covina and parts of San Diego County have spoken out against the bill — saying it will allow undocumented felons to be in the streets.

California Governor Jerry Brown has yet to give an indication whether or not he would sign such a bill into law.

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  • Mario
    6 April 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Filipinos are being targeted, of course they violated the law of the land on immigration.. That is why there are called illegal alien.They are not supposed to here hiding in CA. Make California a Sanctuary State, that is good news,the Latinos, African, Asian, ME are ready to move in California, they accept $ 3-5 per hour as long as there is free meal at work.