Local Law Enforcement Slow to Implement SB 54 in San Diego County

New report reveals how local agencies are measuring up one year later

SAN DIEGO, CA — A new report by the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) on the implementation of SB 54 in San Diego County shows that law enforcement agencies have been slow to implement the requirements of the California Values Act, also known as SB 54.

SB 54 limits how local and state law enforcement agencies are able to collaborate with federal immigration agencies. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently upheld SB 54, giving California the right to protect families and communities from Trump’s abusive and overreaching deportation force.

The SDIRC report examines how each local law enforcement agency in the county is implementing the legislation one year after going into effect. It also compares San Diego County’s results with trends found in the rest of the state, and it offers recommendations for opportunities for improvement.

The report was the result of numerous meetings between SDIRC and local law enforcement agencies, including the San Diego Sheriff Department, San Diego Police Department, Escondido Police Department, and the Chula Vista Police Department.

To read the complete report, click here.

To see how each individual law enforcement agency is complying with the law, click here.

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium (SDIRC) and Community Representative at Alianza Comunitaria issued the following statement:

“This report is a critical step in highlighting the specific areas in which our region’s law enforcement agencies can do more to comply with the law. While some agencies are slow to implement SB 54 in their written policies, some have met with community members, considered their input, and added language to their policies to clarify that they don’t enforce immigration laws.

Local law enforcement agencies have an obligation to make sure all people in our communities feel safe, regardless of immigration status. That is how you build trust and enhance public safety. The California Values Act provides a path for local law enforcement agencies to build that trust while making our community safe for everyone. We look forward to continuing to work with our local law enforcement agencies to make sure their written policies and practices are fully in compliance with SB 54.”

About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC). Through SDIRC, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants; and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants. More at: www.immigrantsandiego.org.