Affirm Sanctuary

Urgent – Legislative Action and Bill Summaries. Call your Representative today and tell them to vote no on S. 3100 and S. 2193!

Congress is currently considering legislation that would force and coerce local police to serve as immigration enforcement officers. Such proposals would reverse years of intentional, community-based policing efforts that are vital to public safety in neighborhoods across the country. On Wednesday afternoon, the full Senate will consider S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Actwhich punitively withholds federal funding for cities with community trust policies in place. They will also consider S. 2193, Kate’s Law, this week, which increases mandatory minimums for undocumented immigrants who re-enter the United States.

In light of last years’ tragic shooting in San Francisco, we ask that our nation’s leaders not politicize this tragedy or use the actions of one individual to harm entire communities.

Local detainer ordinances such as the one in San Francisco seek to foster trust between local law enforcement officers and all community members, regardless of their immigration status. When all individuals can report dangerous situations and seek protection from violence without the fear of being deported and separated from their families, safety increases for everyone.

Faith statements, articles and additional resources are below.

Faith Statements

Faith Leader Letter to Congress in Opposition to Recent Anti-Immigrant Legislation, with over 1,000 signatures

Faith Leader Letter to North Carolina Governor McCrory in Opposition to H.B. 318

Church World Service Statement in Opposition to Proposals that would Dismantle Trust Between Local Police and Communities

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Regarding its Hearing on Immigration Enforcement Policies on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church; House Immigration Subcommittee Hearing; Thursday, July 23, 2015

Praying for Healing: Faith Community Call for Solidarity with San Francisco

City and Law Enforcement Statements

County Sheriffs of Colorado; Letter to Senator Gardner Opposing H.B. 3009

Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force; Letter to Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member, Senator Patrick Leahy, in Opposition to Proposals that Impose Federal Immigration Enforcement Responsibilities on Local Law Enforcement

Major County Sheriff’s Association; Letter Opposing Funding Cuts to Local Law Enforcement to Coerce Policy Changes in Sanctuary Cities

National Fraternal Order of Police; Letter Opposing Police Funding Cuts to Coerce Policy Changes in Sanctuary Cities

The United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities; Letter Opposing Funding Cuts to Local Police to Coerce Local Law Enforcement to Act as Immigration Agents

News Articles

Don’t Blame Local Police for Bad Immigration Policies” by Mary Meg McCarthy, Letter to the Chicago Tribune

ICE vs. the Constitution” by Hector Villagra, The Los Angeles Times

Lost in the Immigration Frenzy” by The New York Times Editorial Board, The New York Times

Mixing deportation and criminal justice systems harms communities” by Richard Smith, The San Francisco Chronicle

Survivors of Violence and Fear of Deportation: A Story from an Advocate” by National Latin@ Network

The Political Exploitation Of One Undocumented Murderer” by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress

When Witnesses Are Too Afraid to Call 911” by Rich Stanek, The Star Tribune

Why Mandatory Minimums Aren’t the Solution to the Kate Steinle Tragedy” by Molly Gill, The Hill

Why Some Cities Don’t Rush To Turn Over Undocumented Immigrants To The Feds” by Elise Foley, The Huffington Post

Other Resources

American Immigration Lawyers Association; Submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate Hearing on “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims”

Americans for Citizenship Backgrounder on State and Local Law Enforcement and Immigration with Input from: American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the National Immigration Law Center

Human Rights Watch; Statement on “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims”

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women; Letter Opposing H.R. 3009

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women; Letter Opposing S.1814

Resources on Sanctuary Cities

San Francisco Immigrant and Civil Rights Coalition; Immigrant and Civil Rights Organizations Support Changes to SF Warrant Practices; Oppose Legislation Aimed to Weaken Community Policing Policies