California to Become a Sanctuary State

by Abel Hampton September 17, 2017, 0:22
California to Become a Sanctuary State

In a party line vote early Saturday morning, the state senate passed SB 54, a long-debated measure to shield illegal immigrants from the Trump administration's strict immigration enforcement.

The Assembly and Senate must approve the measure by Friday or delay action until next year.

In November 2016, the University of California issued a Statement of Principles in support of undocumented students, stating that campus police officers will not work with federal agencies to enforce immigration law.

Some immigrant rights advocates who were previously disappointed with the list of offenses under the Trust Act, were dismayed to see the same exceptions applied in the so-called sanctuary state bill. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

The legislation is the latest effort by Democratic lawmakers in California to create barriers for President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to step up deportation efforts.

The bill will prevent local police from becoming "cogs in the Trump deportation machine", de Leon said.

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.

California already has some of the most protective laws in the country for immigrants detained by law enforcement. Jerry Brown worked with lawmakers to scale back parts of the legislation, which would have previously forbade federal immigration officers from questioning inmates in county jails. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to withhold certain federal grants from jurisdictions that refuse to honor immigration detention requests or give ICE agents access to local jails.

The California State Assembly passed a package of housing bills Thursday night, potentially appropriating billions for affordable housing development and rewriting the way California cities manage new development.

"In my view this bill's going to make us less safe", said Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-Templeton.

California's Democratic political leaders have positioned the nation's largest state as a foil to Trump and his administration.

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