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California will defend its right not to cooperate in deportations

News: 2018 Press Release

For Release: March 7, 2018
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California will defend its right not to cooperate in deportations
Statement of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Sacramento and lawsuits against California's sanctuary state laws:

"Last night, I stood with the Sacramento Immigrants' Rights Coalition and the Sacramento Central Labor Council to protest the deportation of immigrants whose only crime is coming here, as generations of immigrants who are now Americans came here before them, fleeing political oppression and seeking a better life.

Today I join those protesting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Sacramento and his lawsuit challenging California's newly enacted laws, which limits state and local law enforcement cooperation in the deportation of our neighbors, our co-workers, the parents of our children's friends and their children. We will defend our state laws and our right to refuse to cooperate with the targeting, intimidation and deportation of immigrants whose only violation is entering the country.

As Insurance Commissioner, I lead a state law enforcement agency. I have instructed law enforcement personnel of the Department of Insurance to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, consistent with the provisions of SB 54.

I will do everything within my power and the law to defend California's law-abiding immigrant community."

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Media Note:

Photos from this morning's protest can be found on CDI's Flickr page.


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