A recent Newsweek article details the steps that California residents are taking in order to resist Trump’s immigration policies. Immigration advocates are gathering in churches, community centers and schools in order to generate ideas about how to protect immigrant residents in the state of California. One goal of these groups, which consist of both immigrants and persons wishing to protect immigrants, is to get information about immigrant rights. For example, one such group meeting in a church directed questions about immigrant rights to a long-time L.A. civil rights attorney. Among the various questions were whether an individual could legally refuse to open a door to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, whether a minister can protect an undocumented immigrant with church buildings, and how individuals and groups could create physical sanctuaries for immigrants with no legal status in their communities. Many of the larger California cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities. All California counties, with the exception of San Diego County, have enacted similar measures, even in light of Trump’s threats to discontinue federal funding for those localities if they fail to cooperate with ICE as requested. The state legislature is also considering a bill known as the “California Values Act,” which would make the entire state a sanctuary for the 2.6 million undocumented immigrants who live, worship, and work in the state. Despite these strong statements against newly enacted federal immigration policies and actions, these measures differ greatly in the extent to which they actually provide adequate sanctuary to all immigrants. The state is also dealing with the aftermath of increased ICE arrests in the state, such as the American citizen children, who are left behind when parents are detained. Some suggestions that one church had for individuals seeking to help out with the cause included providing funding for sanctuaries, providing actual physical sanctuaries, setting up hotlines and rapid response teams when arrests and detentions occur, and lobbying for “safe haven” resolutions in local school districts. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.