Senator Hueso Issues Statement in Response to Federal Lawsuit Against California

March 07, 2018

Sacramento, CA – March 7, 2018 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he has filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California over three of its “sanctuary state” laws:

“As Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, I continue to support policies and programs that protect the interests of all Californians, including the civil rights of our immigrant community.  

At both the state and local level, thoughtful deliberation has delivered laws aimed at protecting immigrants from mean-spirited efforts by the federal government to tear apart families, undermine trust in local law enforcement officials and force residents into hiding.

Contrary to the statements of the U.S. Attorney General, the measures he is challenging have enhanced public safety and improved community relations. Ensuring that local and state law enforcement personnel are not deputized for federal enforcement purposes will allow them to focus their limited resources on doing their job: protecting all of the hard-working residents of our state.

California is the 6th largest economy in the world in large part because of the vast contributions of immigrant residents. We succeed in California because of our diversity, and we will continue to stand up for our residents – even in the face of threats from federal authorities. As more details about this lawsuit unfold, we will continue to monitor the issue closely to ensure that all Californians are valued, and all who contribute so much to our society are protected and treated fairly.”