What We Do: Advocacy
Immigrant Day of Action
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On April 26, 2022, the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) held its annual "Immigrant Day of Action." Allies for Immigration Justice joined over 400 community members, constituents, advocates, friends, and allies to participate in more than 50 legislative visits to urge our elected representatives to support the Immigrant Equity Budget.
The Vision Act, AB-937 is an immigrant and racial justice bill which guarantees that "any individual that has served their sentence or has otherwise been deemed eligible for release would not face being turned over to federal immigration authorities unless ICE officials present a federal warrant." Unfortunately, it fell three votes shy in the California State Senate from reaching the governor’s desk.
You can read more about other pieces of legislation that we advocated for with our state senator Laird on the CIPC website.
The TRUTH Act
What is the TRUTH Act?
The TRUTH Act defines specific rights of immigrants held in local jails, as well as calls for
transparency of local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement. If local law
enforcement has given ICE access to any individual in the previous year, a local legislative
body (ie: SLO County Board of Supervisors) is required to host a community forum to address the public on this topic and consider public comment.
In 2018, Sheriff Ian Parkinson presented data regarding the TRUTH Act to the SLO County Board of Supervisors. Allies for Immigration Justice, SLO County coordinated a community response to share our questions and concerns.
In 2019, we worked with the California Immigrant Policy Center and a coalition of community leaders to meet with Sheriff Parkinson in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability regarding the interactions of local law enforcement with ICE.
In Progress: In 2022, we are partnering with Buen Vecino to request information regarding the Sheriff's compliance with the Truth Act in 2020 and 2021. We have submitted a PRA (Public Records Act) request and are waiting for a response.