What is the Due Process for All Act?
SB-6 is a piece of legislation that will aid in CLUE’s Sacred Resistance and Sanctuary work. Existing law allows undocumented and unaccompanied minors access to legal and social services. SB-6 would require these services, specifically legal services, to be extended to all individuals who are in removal proceedings who do not fall under the qualifications for representation. Legal representation would also be extended to individuals who have past or current convictions for violent felonies.
This act would also prioritize the provision of legal services to individuals who have been detained in removal proceedings. This bill would require contracting between social services and non-profit legal assistance organizations to ensure proper legal representation. A California Universal Representation Trust Fund with $12,000,000 allocated for legal services would be set up and utilized for the provision of these services.
SB-6 will provide access to legal representation and the full due process for all individuals that live in California. This bill will provide protection from necessary detainment as well as sufficient and professional legal representation to all individuals who need it. As recent executive orders have caused mass deportations and raids, many individuals are being held in detainment facilities without access to full legal representation. This bill would require every individual is granted access to this, regardless of immigration status. This will hopefully decrease the number of individuals deported without a proper trial or who are held for excessive amounts of time without legal assistance.
What will happen when it becomes law?
As stated by Hueso, the author of the bill, “This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect,” (SB-6, 2017). Hueso further explains that in order to fully provide Californians with their right to due process, the state must provide access to legal counsel for individuals before the federal government’s expected deportation plans take place. Due to the urgency of which the federal government has stated their deportation actions, this bill must also be put into place with urgency.
What is the current standing of this act?
As of March 29, 2017, this bill has passed through the appropriation committee in the Senate. It will be voted on by the full Senate on Monday, April 3, 2017.
What can we do to support it?
- Write to, call or email your local senator who represents your district and ask them to vote “YES” on SB-6. Explain the urgency of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here to find your local legislative representative. If you are calling/writing/emailing before April 3, please be sure to contact your senator. If you are calling after April 3, please be sure to contact you assemblymember.
- Sign the CLUE petition in support of SB-6. Click here to sign.
- Participate in the 7 day statewide action plan t stand up for our immigrant communities. Please share widely: Click here for action guide