What We Do: Advocacy

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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, as well as to support safer conditions for street vendors, California ID’s for all, stopping ICE transfers (The Vision Act), and an alternate plea for drug convictions to minimize immigration consequences for our communities.

 

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.

 

Below are listed several other pieces of legislation that we advocated for with our state senator Laird.

 

Health4All: 

This year, California made history by becoming the first state in the nation to offer comprehensive health benefits to all income-eligible undocumented adults. The state budget this year includes funding to remove exclusions to health care for income-eligible undocumented Californians ages 26-49, closing the age gap in #Health4All. This victory is the result of nearly a decade of dedicated advocacy, and CIPC is grateful to the Health4All coalition, our legislative champions, and state leadership for making this possible.

Food4All: 

California will also be the first state in the nation to provide state-funded food assistance to undocumented adults! In the June final budget, the governor and the legislature agreed to provide $35.2 million, increasing to $113.4 million annually in 2025-2026, to expand the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to Californians age 55 and older, regardless of immigration status – providing critical support after years of racist exclusions. While we are thrilled to celebrate this historic step, we know our work must continue. Hundreds of thousands of Californians under the age of 55 will continue to be excluded from CalFresh and CFAP due to their immigration status, including undocumented children– 64% of whom are affected by food insecurity. 

SafetyNet4All: 

 

The #SafetyNet4All

Coalition has been working since 2020 to get the governor and the legislature to fund excluded workers in the state budget. Unfortunately, this year’s budget deal still fails to include the coalition’s proposal for an Excluded Workers program, which would provide $300 a week for up to 20 weeks to immigrant workers who lose their job and are excluded from Unemployment Insurance due to their status⁠. 

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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's  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 responses.