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January 10, 2020

The California Values Act, which went into effect in 2018 to restrict the use of local law enforcement to collaborate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, was upheld today by the state 4th District Court of Appeal. The decision overturns an earlier ruling in a case challenging the California Values Act — also known as the state sanctuary law — by the city of Huntington Beach. Please attribute the following statement to Jessica Bansal, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California.

"Today's decision is a resounding victory for sanctuary in California. The appellate court decision affirms that all Californians — including the millions living in charter cities — are entitled to the California Values Act's protections. We are especially thankful to the many Orange County residents and community organizations who stood up to defend sanctuary in their communities."