Governor Signs Bonta Bill and Protects California Immigrants
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) AB 2792, the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act, protecting immigrants from controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practices that are tearing families apart.
"Behind closed doors, ICE has inserted 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,” said Bonta.
The TRUTH Act protects immigrants in local custody by ensuring they are informed of their basic rights to decline an interview with ICE or to have an attorney present. The bill would also require public discussion and disclosure of local law enforcement’s role in federal immigration policy.
“The damage to our communities has been tremendous. Parents and children are being separated 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.
“With today’s action, California leads the nation with sensible immigration policies that protect the rights of immigrants and shine a light on flawed federal priorities,” said Bonta. “Thank you, Governor Brown, for your bold action to restore community trust and prevent thousands more families from being torn apart,” said Bonta.
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.