Statement From California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on California Values Act Being Signed Into Law

California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to Governor Brown signing SB 54, the California Values Act, into law:

“From the moment Donald Trump won the election, California Democrats have been united in our determination to protect our undocumented brothers and sisters from the cruelty and viciousness of the Trump administration’s stated promises of roundups and deportations. In the hours after the election, I called on our leaders to erect a legal wall of protections around the rights of undocumented immigrants, as well as women, people of color, and LGBT citizens whose rights are threatened.

With today’s signing of SB 54 into law, one of the most important parts of that legal wall of protections is now in place. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions will not be able to use California’s own law enforcement officials in an effort to round up and deport our fellow Californians. I want to thank Governor Brown and Senator de Leon for standing up for California's undocumented community. This is a powerful expression of California’s belief that immigrants are a vibrant and crucial part of our state, and that we will passionately resist any efforts to harm our brothers and sisters.”

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