San Francisco - Today, in response to the federal district court ruling which affirmed the Trump administration cannot pull funding from sanctuary cities, the FREE SF coalition, including Asian Law Caucus, Causa Justa::Just Cause, California Immigrant Policy Center, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, La Raza Centro Legal, and Legal Services for Children, issued the following statement.
We are heartened that the Trump administration's crude attempts at anti-immigrant bullying and intimidation have once again been blocked.
The administration is trying to coerce cities into being part of the cruel deportation machine and help make immigrants disappear, in total violation of the Constitution. Yet, as today's ruling reminds us, it is well-established law that the feds cannot seize our local resources to carry out their dirty work.
Sanctuary is ultimately about upholding our deepest principles and values. We believe that all people are created equal and have a right to due process and equal treatment. Local policies that keep law enforcement out of deportations are a vital step to protecting family unity and preventing racial profiling.
We pledge to not only protect these policies, but to continue the fight to build a true sanctuary of economic, social, and racial justice for all. We urge the state to pass the CA Values Act (SB 54) to protect communities across the state from the administration's deportation machine.
The FREE SF coalition led efforts to pass San Francisco's Due Process for All Ordinance in 2013 and to update the Due Process for All and Sanctuary ordinance in 2016.