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Support the California Values Act - SB 54

Historically, the American Jewish community has supported generous and rational immigration laws and policies. At JCRC, we believe in a just and rational balance between concerns for public safety and the humane and dignified treatment of human beings who have come to our country, documented or not.

The California Values Act (SB 54), which prohibits the use of state and local resources to fuel mass deportations, upholds values of equal treatment, community, family unity and common humanity that we strongly endorse. SB 54 will ensure that California’s police departments, schools, state health facilities and courthouses remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life regardless of immigration status.

SB 54 is coming up for an important vote in the California State Senate on Monday, please write your State Senator TODAY to express your support!

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The Torah instructs “When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself” (Leviticus 19:33-34).

SB 54 would repeal the legal requirement to report for deportation any potential non-citizens arrested due to possession of specified controlled substances. This bill avoids entangling state and local agencies with federal immigration enforcement programs that would divert already limited resources and blur the lines of accountability between local, state, and federal governments.