Bend the Arc on Trump's California Immigration Lawsuit

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Los Angeles — In response to the Trump administration filing a lawsuit against the State of California over its laws protecting immigrants, Anjuli Kronheim Katz, Southern California Regional Organizer of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:

“California has been a leader in the effort to oppose the Trump administration’s radical, anti-immigrant policies. Now, the administration is seeking to compel our state and local authorities to participate in its racist, destructive agenda of immigrant detentions and deportations.

“The California Jewish community unites in solidarity with the targets of Trump’s dangerous attacks on immigrants. We are committed to resisting and defeating these attempts to make our state a place where immigrants feel threatened and unwelcome.”

Bend the Arc Jewish Action is a leader in the American Jewish community in acting in solidarity with immigrants. On January 17th, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized a historic act of civil disobedience in Washington DC, in which 82 Jewish activists, including several from California, were arrested on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol while demanding that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. Since then, activists from Bend the Arc Jewish Action have organized local “Let My People Stay” actions and protests across the country inspired by this civil disobedience, including in California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action activists in California have also organized additional actions to support the Dream Act and held vigils at ICE facilities to oppose the agency’s practices of immigrant detention and deportation.