Requires voter approval for border wall, defends against "Muslim database" and ends for-profit immigration detention contracts
SACRAMENTO, CA - California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced the introduction of three bills that will reaffirm California’s longstanding commitment to American values of inclusion, diversity, and freedom from oppression. The Fight For California legislative package is a direct response to the divisive, discriminatory and unconstitutional rhetoric employed during the U.S. presidential campaign. The three bills will prohibit state agencies from providing federal entities information for purposes of compiling a Muslim database, end local contracting with for-profit immigration detention centers, and require a vote of the people to approve a border wall project along the state's southern border.
“Californians voted overwhelmingly to uphold our values of inclusion and diversity," said Senator Lara. “We’re not going to allow a wall that harms our environment and our economy. We’re not going to allow personal data on individual Californians' religious beliefs to be used to compile an unconstitutional database. And we’re not going to allow local governments and private companies to profit by detaining immigrants in private facilities that fail to meet basic health and safety standards. We’re going to fight for California and for our values of democracy, freedom, and basic human decency.”
All three bills were introduced in the State Senate on Monday and are awaiting referral to a policy committee.