San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties’ Challenge to Trump First in the Nation to be Heard in Federal Court
San Francisco — A broad coalition of immigrants’ rights organizations, workers, community organizations, civil rights organizations and legal service providers from San Francisco and Santa Clara counties will rally in solidarity around efforts to block President Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities. Signed in January, the order would withhold federal funding from cities, counties and states that have welcoming policies toward immigrants and refuse local cooperation with Trump’s deportation machine. Legal advocates say Trump’s order is unconstitutional because it would defund vital local services that have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.
Policies that keep city and county workers, including law enforcement, out of the business of deportations are crucial to providing public services, upholding due process, and protecting local families and communities in almost every major city in America.
Last month, workers who are represented by SEIU and immigrant and civil rights organizations filed amicus briefs in support of the San Francisco and Santa Clara lawsuits, focusing on the harm that Trump’s Executive Order is already doing to local services and the residents who count on them.
Who: SEIU and other labor groups; Santa Clara County FIRE (Forum for Immigrants Rights and Empowerment) Coalition; FREE (Full Rights Equality and Empowerment) SF Coalition
What: Community members will meet in front the courthouse, observe the historic proceedings at Judge William Orrick’s courtroom, and gather after the hearing to hear community reactions.
When: Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:30AM (Court hearing to start at 9AM)
Where: In front of Philip Burton Federal Courthouse Building
450 Golden Gate Avenue (at Polk Street), San Francisco, CA
Visuals: Workers, immigrant groups, chanting, holding signs and banners
Note: Spokespeople available for comment prior to hearing and when hearing concludes
Priya Murthy, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)/ Santa Clara County FIRE Coalition, 410-292-6752
Colleen Crowley, SEIU Local 1021: 510-499-8769
Jon Rodney, California Immigrant Policy Center, FREE SF Coalition: 510-207-9520