(ANAHEIM, CA – 4/18/2019) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today applauded a decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Senate Bill 54 – The California Values Act.

READ: SB-54 Law enforcement: sharing data

The three-judge panel rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to suspend the measure, often referred to as the “sanctuary state law.” SB 54 limits local and state law enforcement from acting as deportation agents.

READ: Appeals court upholds California sanctuary law challenged by Trump administration (SF Chronicle)

SB 54 was one of CAIR-CA’s legislative priorities in 2017, and the chapter spent that entire year advocating strongly for the bill.

In further victories for immigrants’ rights in California, the panel also upheld most of Assembly Bill 103 and maintained a lower court’s ruling on AB 450.

READ: AB-103 Public safety: omnibus

READ: AB-450 Employment regulation: immigration worksite enforcement actions

AB 103 requires the California attorney general to oversee county, local and private detention facilities in which immigrants are held. AB 450, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, requires employers to notify workers of upcoming federal inspections of their records.

In a statement, CAIR Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“We welcome the court’s decision to uphold the California Values Act. These pieces of legislation provide essential protections from discriminatory policies and practices unfairly targeting the Muslim and other minority communities. The ruling to uphold the legislation allows California to continue as the national standard for the protection of immigrants’ and civil rights.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-776-1847