Senate Bill 6, the Due Process for All Act, would provide legal services for immigrants in California facing deportation from the United States.
This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to administer a new program with dedicated resources to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings. At this point, we do not know what the full impact of the administration’s immigration policies will be in California, but we know that they will probably be considerable – taking into account the amount of undocumented individuals in our state and the amount of mixed status families.
You can help us support the passage of this bill by sending an email in support to Assemlymember Mark Stone, Chair of the Committee. Below is a template.
The Assemblymember's contact information can be found here.
RE: SB 6 (Hueso)—SUPPORT
Dear Chairman Stone,
I write to convey my strong support for SB 6, which seeks to create a state program that would provide access to legal representation to immigrants in deportation or removal proceedings. I share the author’s commitment to protect immigrant communities and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our region, state and nation.
Understanding that more than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants, and more than two thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants, this issue is of fundamental importance to me. I know that our region’s continued prosperity, vibrancy and quality of life depend on our ability to create communities that recognize immigrants as assets and that honor shared values of family, hard work and opportunity for all.
Immigrants in removal proceedings can face years of detention, permanent separation from their families and communities. They may return to countries where their lives are at risk, or which they have never known. Legal counsel for most immigrants remains out of reach. SB 6 would provide state funding for legal services to immigrants facing deportation who don’t have a lawyer, helping to keep families together, reduce staffing disruptions for employers and keep communities whole.
For these reasons, I am proud to support SB 6
SVCF supports SB 6 because we are a region of immigrants -- more than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants, and more than two thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants.
SVCF has invested heavily in legal services for immigrants, but we know that there is considerable unmet demand. Today, it is estimated that there are close to 200,000 undocumented immigrants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We pride ourselves as an institution built on our values of diversity and inclusion. Supporting immigrants and their contributions to our economy and communities is consistent with these values.
Read more details about SVCF and SB 6 in our press release.