Governor to Consider Bonta Bill to Protect CA Immigrants

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the Assembly passed Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) AB 2792, the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act, which protects immigrants from controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practices that are tearing families apart.

"Tens of thousands of families across the state are being torn apart by unsound deportation policies that damage public safety and public trust. Behind closed doors, ICE is inserting itself into the fragile relationship between local police and immigrant communities by requesting local police take on the role of federal immigration agents and release immigrants directly into ICE custody. 

“The damage to our communities has been tremendous. Parents and children are being swept away from their families. Trust in law enforcement is disappearing. Victims and witnesses are now afraid of the police who are supposed to protect them,” said Bonta.

The TRUTH Act will protect immigrants in local custody by ensuring they are informed of their basic rights to decline an interview with ICE or have an attorney present. The bill would also require public discussion and disclosure of local law enforcement’s role in federal immigration policy.

“California has the opportunity to lead with this sensible immigration policy that protects the rights of immigrants and shines a light on federal immigration policy,” Bonta concluded.

AB 2792 is sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California, California Immigrant Policy Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, American Civil Liberties Union of California, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and supported by a broad coalition of organizations across the state.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.