Tell Your Representatives: Make our VISION a Reality!
What is the VISION Act?
The VISION Act (Assembly Bill 2596 - "Voiding Inequality and Seeking Inclusion for Our Immigrant Neighbors" Act) builds on the 2017 California Values Act, which limited local and state law enforcement collaboration with ICE deportation efforts. However, the Values Act included many exceptions that continue to place our immigrant siblings and their families at risk. Sheriff and police departments have found "workaround" ways to collaborate with ICE, including publishing jail release dates of persons in incarceration, allowing ICE into secure areas of jail to conduct transfers, dedicating non-exclusive office space for ICE, and more.
The VISION Act closes loopholes in the 2017 Values Act to prevent these insidious violations of our immigrant siblings' rights. Among its key purposes, the VISION Act:
The current White House Administration's deportation force is shockingly abusive, corrupt, and even violent. We know that any local/state involvement with ICE leaves our neighbors vulnerable to injustice and mistreatment. Because the national government is aggressively pushing state and local governments to carry out mass deportations, we must act to prevent actions that tear communities apart and subject people to danger, even death.
The VISION Act is the strongest Sanctuary proposal in the U.S., and can lead the way for other states and the nation in the movement for immigrant rights. As the Trump Administration steps up their attacks on immigrants and communities, we also have to step up our leadership. Here in California, we’ve made important progress and limited local involvement with deportations with the TRUST, TRUTH, and Values Acts. But each law was also a compromise, which left some of our neighbors and community members excluded.
Like all Californians, an immigrant who completes a sentence in prison should be able to restart their life with their loved ones and contribute to our communities.The VISION Act honors the leadership of formerly incarcerated people who are
contributing to making our communities, our state, and our country a better place.
Current immigration rhetoric ruthlessly scapegoats the most marginalized among us, including immigrants who have been incarcerated. As Unitarian Universalists, we cannot allow the spread of racialized fear and criminalization of communities to continue while prison corporations turn record profits from detaining immigrants.
As people of faith, Unitarian Universalists are called to side with love and create a world centered on the ideals of compassion, humanity, and equal justice for everyone
We are called to create a world where people recognize the humanity of all who call CA home, no matter what
they look like or where they were born. This includes our neighbors who have suffered from the injustices of mass incarceration and racial profiling.
As Unitarian Universalists, we not only challenge injustice - we create justice. We and our immigrant siblings have a vision for a better future, where we no longer build cages, but build healthy communities for everyone. Our faith calls us to demand an end to the abuse and deportation of our immigrant siblings, their children, their families, and their loved ones. We are called to create world where all people are free and thriving together.
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Make a one-time donation to support the efforts of California UUs working to create a world with love at the center. Your tax-deductible donation makes a difference as we work to get ICE out of California, and promote the rights of ALL Californians, regardless of documentation or immigration status! And don't forget to register for this year's Immigrant Day at the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Sacramento!