Immigrant Protection

LCHC prioritizes and supports legislation and policy that protects the rights of all immigrants.

The following list of bills span across pro-immigration legislation that we support during the 2017 legislative session. Click here for a glossary of legislative terms.

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Bill Number & Author Summary Position  Status
SB 54 (de Leon) Californa Values Act

Would place certain restrictions on state and local government entities in their interactions with federal immigration authorities. One-time costs of $2.7 million and ongoing costs of $2.3 million per year for the Department of Justice to develop model compliance policies, provide training and outreach to law enforcement and other agencies, review information from local law enforcement agencies, and compile required reports (General Fund). 

Support

Approved by the Governor.

 SB 29 (Lara)  Law enforcement: immigration.

This bill would require a city, county, or city and county, or a local law enforcement agency that chooses to enter into, renew, or extend a contract to detain immigrants in civil immigration proceedings to detain immigrants only pursuant to a contract that requires the immigration detention facility operator to adhere to specified standards.

 Support

Approved by the Governor.

SB 244 (Lara)  Privacy: agencies: personal information.

This bill would require that personal information, as defined, and records containing personal information that are collected or obtained by the state, any state agency, or any subdivision of the state, including the California State University and the California Community Colleges, as well as any 3rd parties under contract with the state, any state agency, or any subdivision of the state to administer public services or programs or maintain data for state or local agencies, from an applicant for public services or programs be collected, recorded, or used only for the purpose of assessing eligibility for and administering those public services and programs requested or used by the applicant.

Support  Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Calderon.
SB 68 (Lara)  Public postsecondary education: exemption from nonresident tuition.This bill would instead exempt a student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, from nonresident tuition at the California State University and the California Community Colleges if the student has a total of 3 or more years of attendance, or attainment of equivalent, credits earned while in California, at California elementary schools, California secondary schools, California adult schools, campuses of the California Community Colleges, or a combination of those schools, as specified, and the student graduates from a California high school or attains the equivalent, attains an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges, or fulfills minimum transfer requirements established for the University of California or the California State University for students transferring from campuses of the California Community Colleges. Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 578 (Reyes) Threatening a witness: threats to report immigration status.

This bill would include in the list of circumstances that make threatening a witness or victim a felony a threat to report the immigration status or suspected immigration status of a crime victim or witness, or of a victim’s or witness’ family member or relative. By increasing the penalty for a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 Support  In committee: Held under submission.
SB 31 (Lara) California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies: disclosure of religious affiliation information.

This bill would prohibit a state or local agency or a public employee acting under color of law from providing or disclosing to the federal government personal information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, as specified, when the information is sought for compiling a database of individuals based on religious belief, practice, or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. The bill would also prohibit a state agency from using agency resources to assist with any government program compiling such a database, or from making state databases available in connection with an investigation or enforcement under such a program. The bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and their employees from collecting personal information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation of any individual, except as part of a targeted investigation, as provided, or where necessary to provide religious accommodations.

 Support  Approved by the Governor.
AB 90 (Weber)  Criminal gangs.This bill would revise the definition of “shared gang database” for its purposes to mean any gang database that is accessed by an agency or person outside of the agency that created the database. The bill would also define “gang database” for its purposes as any database accessed by a law enforcement agency that designates a person as a gang member or associate, or includes or points to information, including, but not limited to, fact-based or uncorroborated information, that reflects a designation of that person as a gang member or associate. The bill would make the Department of Justice responsible for administering and overseeing gang database in which California law enforcement agencies participate, and would provide that commencing January 1, 2018, the CalGang Executive Board would no longer administer or oversee the CalGang database.  Support

Approved by the Governor.

Last Updated – 10/21/2017