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Equality California to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Go back to Washington.”
March 7, 2018 at 9:33 am

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March 7, 2018

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org
SACRAMENTO — In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement this morning that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the State of California, California Governor Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra targeting Senate Bill 54Assembly Bill 450 and Assembly Bill 103, Equality California released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:
“Nothing about the Administration’s divisive lawsuit protects law enforcement. Nothing about their lawsuit reduces crime. But if California has to go to court to defend our decision not to help the Trump Administration rip families apart and deport Dreamers, then we’ll go to win. It’s unclear if Jeff Sessions has met Governor Brown and Attorney General Becerra — or seen the strength and resilience of our immigrant and LGBTQ communities. But it is clear that he has underestimated our commitment to our families, friends and neighbors who have been unfairly targeted by his deportation forces. Unlike Jeff Sessions, Californians don’t back down from a fight. Our advice: Go back to Washington.”
Equality California strongly supported the passage of SB 54 during the 2017 Legislative Session and has urged state leaders to resist the Trump Administration’s efforts to coerce California into participating in its immigration enforcement actions. In 2015, Equality California Institute (EQCAI) launched Equality4All, a statewide effort in support of comprehensive immigration reform and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other naturalization programs. EQCAI is leading a collaborative of LGBTQ organizations across California to help LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ undocumented individuals come out of the shadows and become fully integrated into the economic, civic and social life of the state.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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