California legislature passes bill to become sanctuary state

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California legislature passes bill to become sanctuary state

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.

California's state Senate voted 27-11 to approve Senate Bill 54, unofficially known as the "sanctuary state" bill, which limits state and local authorities from working with federal agencies to enforce immigration law.

The measure cleared the Legislature with support only from Democrats over the objection of Republicans who it will protect criminals and make it harder for law-enforcement to keep people safe.

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

A handful of cities including Chicago and San Francisco, meanwhile, are refusing to cooperate with new federal requirements for tougher immigration enforcement, prompting the Trump administration to threaten to withhold funding. The state's Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, is expected to sign off on the bill, which he and the senator negotiated over at great length regarding certain amendments.

The California Values Act would not necessarily make California the country's first "sanctuary state". The legislation would also permit police and sheriffs to share information and transfer people to immigration authorities if they have been convicted of one or more crimes from a list of 800 outlined in a previous law, the California Trust Act.

The measure that passed still allows jail and prison officials to notify the federal government if they have arrested an undocumented immigrant with a felony record, and allows federal immigration officers to interview people in custody.

"If California politicians pass this bill, they will be prioritizing politics over the safety and security of their constituents", Homan said in a statement this week.

But Republicans warned their colleagues that the legislation was unsafe and unnecessary, making it harder to deport criminals.

The bills all need Senate approval on Friday. We invite you to join us: At the next Summit, taking place November 2-3 in San Diego, housing leaders from across the state will have a chance to celebrate the progress made this year-and to craft a strategy for what must be done next to provide a way home for California. 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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