Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog

The state of California is taking an early lead in fight back against President Trump's Muslim Ban and any chance of his administration implementing a registry of Arab Americans and/or American Muslims. There are a few bills currently in the state legislature that are strong statements against the policies of the administration that are targeting Muslims.

Here’s a quick rundown with links to take action today. AAI commends the ACLU-Northern California’s statement about President Trump’s shameful Executive Order and support of these bills. You can find their statement here.

  1. Senate Bill 31, the “California Religious Freedom Act”: This bill, if passed, would ensure that California does not participate in any federal program that targets and registers Muslims. This is an important statement by the state of California. I’d remind you that members of President Trump’s inner circle floated the idea of a “Muslim Registry” several times over the course of the campaign. Our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have a handy action alert on SB 31 here.
  2. Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act”: This bill builds on SB 54 to put specific restrictions on what data local law enforcement is allowed to share, and it also calls on all state agencies to update their confidentiality policies to make sure there isn’t an over-collection of data happening. Our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have a handy action alert on SB 54 here 
  3. Assembly Bill 3, the “Strengthening Public Defenders Act”:  This bill provides that no Californian can faces mandatory detention or deportation without access to legal counsel.

Here are helpful items for you to take action now:

 Dear Assemblyman NAME,

As your constituent, I write in strong support of AB 3, SB 31, and SB 54. These bills are important safeguards against the imposition of a “Muslim Ban” or “Muslim registry” in our state. I believe we should do all that is in our power to do as a state to protect vulnerable communities from harmful, discriminatory, and bigoted federal immigration enforcement.

All Californians, including immigrant communities who contribute to the continuing success of California, should be protected. Because of the support of immigrant communities California is one of the largest economies in the world and a leader in innovative technologies.

Your support is crucial to the success of these bills. With your help California can set the national standard for what an inclusive and supportive community looks like.

              I urge you to support and vote in favor of these bills.

 Sincerely,

Your name + address

Also in California, Arab American Councilmember Johnny Khamis penned a powerful op-ed which you can read here: “This Republican immigrant is appalled by Trump order.”

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