TRUTH Act Clears Assembly on Symbolic Day

Monday, May 23, 2016

AB 2792 Passes the Assembly on Immigrant Day at the State Capitol

(Sacramento, CA) As hundreds of immigrant rights activists and their families rallied at the State Capitol today on a platform to improve outcomes for all immigrants in California, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) presented his historic Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act to the California State Assembly. The TRUTH Act puts a stop to controversial deportation tactics used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that are tearing apart families and fueling distrust of law enforcement.

Bonta explained why the timing was meaningful. “Today is the 20th Annual Immigrant Day at the State Capitol—more than 600 advocates travelled from across the state to make their voices heard. I want each and every one of them to know that I hear their voices, and my colleagues in the Assembly hear their voices. And, today, we made our commitment to immigrant communities clear by passing the TRUTH Act.”

"Immigrant communities form an integral part of our state's social fabric. But current deportation policies are separating tens of thousands of families across the state and damaging 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. Immigration ‘holds’ in local jails are unconstitutional, but ICE skirts the law by asking police via ICE ‘notification’ requests to inform them when immigrants are about to be released so they can be waiting outside in a white van.

“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.

“The TRUTH Act will move us away from the secret agreements by giving the entire community a real voice in these decisions. The TRUTH Act would require local law enforcement to reach an agreement with their elected officials through a transparent, public process before signing up for one of ICE’s deportation programs.
“California has the opportunity to lead with this sensible immigration policy that preserves community trust. I am looking forward to continuing our work, together, to ensure we get this critical bill to the Governor,” 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 Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.

CONTACT: Amy Alley, amy.alley@asm.ca.gov, (916) 990-1361