On Saturday, October 12th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills, including CAAA-sponsored Assembly Bill 668, "to help foster a more inclusive state and create new opportunities for immigrants to contribute to our society," the administration said in a press release.
"CAAA would like to thank all of our members and advocates who contacted their legislators and the governor to get this important piece of legislation enacted into law," said CAAA President Joe Capurro. "Protecting access to courthouses is crucial to ensuring the fair administration of justice for all California residents. As the organization that represents the most immigrant workers in California, we were proud to sponsor this legislation and we applaud Governor Newsom for supporting our immigrant community."
"Our state doesn't succeed in spite of our diversity - our state succeeds because of it," said Governor Newsom in the release. "While Trump attacks and disparages immigrants, California is working to ensure that every resident - regardless of immigration status - is given respect and the opportunity to contribute."
AB 668 clarifies the power of judicial officers to prevent activities that threaten access to courthouses, including enforcement of the privilege from civil arrest. It also codifies judicial authority to enforce the common law privilege against civil arrest, in keeping with the inherent power of judicial officers to prevent activities that would otherwise undermine the administration of justice.
AB 668 will require ICE Agents to effectuate civil arrests in California courthouses ONLY when in possession of a valid federal warrant. This is a common sense and humane approach to the "chilling effect" ICE agents are having in California's courthouses.
To view Governor Newsom's full press release, click here.