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California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

December 16 2017, 10:38 | Irvin Gilbert

California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

The California legislature has passed a bill to make it a so-called "sanctuary state", giving immigrants without legal status a layer of protection from federal agents.

Lawmakers reached a deal on the proposal after resistance from law enforcement officials and Gov.

There are an estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants in California, and Republicans opposed to the measure say it will protect criminals.

California Democrats approved a "sanctuary state" bill Saturday that would limit how local and state police can interact with federal immigration agents. But, the state attorney general's office would be required to draft recommendations to limit immigration officials' ability to access personal information, and the office also would be tasked with ensuring that SB54 is enforced.

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.

According to The Sacramento Bee, this is at least the third time in the last decade a park and beach smoking ban bill has been sent to the governor's desk, but each have been rejected with the most recent veto coming previous year from the Democratic governor.

"This comes as a relief that there are some legislators that are really listening", said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

The bill will prohibit additional jail time meant to allow immigration enforcement officials to take undocumented immigrants arrested for other reasons into custody.

Immigration advocates generally applauded the latest version, even with de Leon's concessions.

McGuire said the bill "helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House".

Assembly members debating the final bills of the year on Friday. A San Francisco judge blocked the order. The state's prison system is now excluded from most of the bill's provisions. The bill-which Wiener introduced the skeleton of mere hours after his Sacramento swearing-in last year-would essentially force California cities to approve a certain amount of new housing each year, one way or another. They've passed legislation and filed lawsuits aimed at protecting immigrants, combating climate change and blocking any future attempt to build a registry of Muslims.



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