California Sanctuary State bill approved by State Assembly

Laura Christensen
September 17, 2017

The California Legislature Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the US, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

The changes allowed state and local law enforcement to communicate with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of certain crimes.

Even after the negotiations, the bill is the most ambitious of its kind; in 1987 OR passed a law barring state and local officers from detaining anyone exclusively on immigration charges, and state lawmakers have proposed strengthening that law this year with amendments similar to the measures introduced in California. Jerry Brown - it will become law.

The final version of the bill expanded the list of convictions that would warrant cooperation with federal immigration agents and allows those agents to interview immigrants in custody.

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A compromise hammered out earlier this week between Brown and California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León carved out exceptions to the new restrictions.

"With SB 54, California will meaningfully improve state law to keep families together and communities whole-and not a moment too soon as the Trump administration continues its draconian and indiscriminate crackdown on immigrants". Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, said the bill would create "only a sanctuary for criminals".

This year, California lawmakers have strengthened protections for undocumented immigrants, increased the gasoline tax and extended a program aimed at compelling businesses to reduce air pollution, all in opposition to federal policies. It says voters need the tax return information from candidates because it could point to “potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations.”. The California Police Chiefs Association is now neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association still opposes it.

Proponents of the California Values Act cited residents' fear of law enforcement amid the looming threat of deportation as a vital reason to pass the bill. The Sheriffs' Association said the revised bill still went too far and could endanger public safety.

The bill's passage comes less than a day after a federal judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration's attempt to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

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