The California Legislature Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the USA, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.
Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, said his legislation doesn't detract from the ultimate goal of local law enforcement in the state: keeping Californians safe.
However, jail officers are allowed to assist federal agencies if an undocumented individual has been convicted of certain crimes. Jerry Brown and the state Senate leader said Monday they've agreed to changes in proposed legislation that would further restrict interactions between law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents.
The bill that is headed to Brown's desk allows communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding anyone who has committed any of the 800 crimes listed in the California Trust Law, which includes some misdemeanors and non-violent crimes. The state's affordability issues have been decades in the making, and they may get worse before they get better, with hundreds of communities across California still refusing to approve adequate housing-either because they don't want it or because the projects don't pencil out for either builders or cities.
California lawmakers are debating the measure as the U.S. Congress considers offering legal status to young immigrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally or overstayed their visas. It also prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.
IL recently passed even more protective legislation that bars law enforcement from detaining immigrants exclusively for deportation, said Shiu Ming Cheer, senior staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.
"President Trump's blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is unsafe to our democracy", said California State Sen.
The bills all need Senate approval on Friday. For the first time in years, the Legislature has created a new, dedicated funding source to house those in our communities struggling the most.
He says California would follow the lead of nine other states with similar restrictions.
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.