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News Posted on September 15, 2017

Dean Johnson Publishes Op-ed on ‘Sanctuary Laws’ in Sacramento Bee

Dean Kevin R. Johnson published an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on “sanctuary laws” that require the release of noncitizens from custody in the absence of a federal warrant.

“The basis for such policies stems from an important principle: effective law enforcement requires trust of all residents, including immigrants,” Dean Johnson writes. “To build that trust, local government cannot appear to be part of the federal immigration enforcement machine. For that fundamental reason, there traditionally has been a separation between local police and federal law enforcement.”

Dean Johnson’s op-ed supports the passage of the California Values Act, Senate Bill 54, “which provides safeguards to ensure that immigrants can visit government offices, work with police, take their children to school and go to the doctor without fear of deportation.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.