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2017 Legislative Agenda
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SB 31 (California Religious Freedom Act) CAIR Co-sponsoring
This bill would prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual except under certain circumstances.
- DHS Final Rule Removing Regulations Relating to Special Registration Process for Certain Nonimmigrants, http://www.aila.org/infonet/dhs-final-rule-removing-regs-relating-to-nseers, (12/23, 2016).
- Registration of Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens From Designated Countries; Federal Register Volume 67, Number 226, https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2002-11-22/html/02-29958.htm, (11/22/2002).
- The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, NSEERS: The Consequences of America’s Efforts to Secure Its Borders, https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/_file/clinics/NSEERS_report.pdf, (05/2009).
- The New York Times, “Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It”, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/nyregion/obama-to-dismantle-visitor-registry-before-trump-can-revive-it.html?_r=1, (12/22/ 2016).
SB 54 (The California Values Act)
This bill would protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and that public schools, state health facilities, and courthouses remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of their immigration status.
- New York Times, New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/us/politics/dhs-immigration-trump.html?_r=0 (2/21/2017).
- Advancing Justice Applauds Introductions of the CA Values Act (SB 54 – De Leon) to Protect Against Deportations, http://advancingjustice-la.org/media-and-publications/press-releases/advancing-justice-applauds-introductions-ca-values-act-sb-54#.WNhkZ1XyvIU (12/8/2016).
- Attorney General Kamala Harris, “Responsibilities of Local Law Enforcement Agencies Under Secure Communities,” Information Bulletin, 12/ 4/2012 (“[I]mmigration detainers are not compulsory. Instead, they are merely requests enforceable at the discretion of the agency holding the individual arrested.”)
- For more information, visit www.iceoutofca.org
AB 158 (Hate Crime Reporting Standards)
This bill would establish uniform hate crime reporting standards for law enforcement agencies statewide.
- FBI Hate Crime Statistics, https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2015 (2015).
- Southern Poverty Law Center, Hate Map, https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
- Southern Poverty Law Center, Hate Watch, https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch
- New York Times, U.S. Hate Crimes Surge 6%, Fueled by Attacks on Muslims, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/us/politics/fbi-hate-crimes-muslims.html
AB 1318 (Safe Place to Learn Act) CAIR Co-sponsoring
This bill would require the department to assess whether the local educational agency has provided information related to the support all students who may face bias or bullying. Additionally, it would require the list to include resources that provide support to youth, and their families, who have been subjected to bullying or faced bias.
- “Ten Days After Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election”. https://www.splcenter.org/20161129/ten-days-after-harassment-and-intimidation-aftermath-election. Southern Poverty Law Center. November 29, 2016.
- Mislabeled: The Impact of School Bullying and Discrimination on California Muslim Students. https://ca.cair.com/losangeles/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2015CAIRCABullyingreport1.pdf. Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter. October 2015.
Celebrate Our AchievementsAs one of the nation's most integrated and educated faith communities, American Muslims have an important role to play in our society's social and political fabric.
AB 2845 (Safe Place to Learn Act) CAIR Sponsored: Passed
The act aims to mandate that school districts provide school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California would be required to publish and make available to students and their families, anti-bullying resources on its website for those who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation, nationality, race, or ethnicity.
AB 2792 (TRUTH ACT): Passed
In an effort to rectify an absence of transparency and accountability within the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program, the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act was created to allow public oversight through community forums and access to ICE records through California’s Public Records Act (CPRA) requests. Local law enforcement assisting ICE would be required to provide a written consent form to detained individuals explaining their rights during the ICE interview process. They would also be required to notify the detained individual’s attorney of the individual’s anticipated release date.
SB 1286 (Police Investigation Transparency and Accountability): Passed
SB 1286 will (1) allow public access to investigations, findings, and disciplinary information on serious uses of force by police, (2) allow public access to information on police misconduct, (3) affirm an individual’s right to be able to track his/her misconduct complaints and monitor what the police department is doing about it, (4) allow local governments that choose to establish civilian review boards or appeal boards for officer disciplinary proceedings to have those boards hold open public hearings, and (5) give power back to civilian oversight bodies to effectively monitor police.
SB 178 (CalECPA): Passed This bill would prohibit a government entity from compelling the production of or access to electronic communication information or electronic device information, as defined, without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records, or subpoena issued pursuant under specified conditions, except for emergency situations, as defined. The bill would also specify the conditions under which a government entity may access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device, such as pursuant to a search warrant, wiretap order, or consent of the owner of the device.
AB 953 (Racial Profiling): Passed This bill would enact the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which would, among other changes, revise the definition of racial profiling to instead refer to racial or identity profiling, and make a conforming change to the prohibition against peace officers engaging in that practice.
SB 828 (Anti-NSA Bill): Passed Prohibits the state or a state actor from materially supporting or assisting any federal agency in collecting data of any person not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized. Makes evidence collected from warrant less data collection inadmissible in local or state courts.
AB-4 (TRUST Act): Passed Limits California’s compliance with the controversial Secure Communities program, which has resulted in thousands of unjust costly detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants.
AB 241: Passed Strengthens labor protections for domestic workers in California.
AB 1964: Passed Ensures religious freedoms of CA’s minority employees.
AB 1081: Advocated Keeps immigration enforcement at the federal level and strengthens trust between local police and immigrant communities.