October 5 2017

Sacramento, Calif., (October 5, 2017) – The California Endowment applauds Governor Jerry Brown for signing several bills that reiterate California’s commitment to protecting our immigrant population and keeping our communities safe, including SB 54, which makes California a sanctuary state and will limit how state and local law enforcement works with federal immigration officials.

“I want to recognize Governor Brown and California’s legislative leadership for taking swift and necessary action to protect our immigrant community,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “Our undocumented friends, family members, and neighbors should be able to go to school or work and access resources without fear of being unjustly targeted by immigration agents. These new laws will protect our state’s most vulnerable, and it’s important that we continue to #RiseUpAsOne in the face of injustice and work towards a healthier, more equitable and just state for all Californians.”

In addition to SB 54, greater protections will come to California’s immigrant population through the passage of additional legislation, including:

  • AB 21, which directs colleges to develop and enforce policies to protect and provide services to undocumented students
  • AB 291, which prohibits landlords from reporting undocumented renters
  • AB 450, which prohibits immigration agents from entering a workplace or viewing employee files without a subpoena
  • AB 699, which prohibits immigration agents from entering K-12 campuses
  • SB 29, which further limits the growth of immigrant prisons and takes a strong stand against profiteering by private prison interests
  • SB 257, which allows deported parents to name another adult to serve as a representative and emergency contact for the child at school


About The California Endowment                                                 

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org


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