California lawmakers approve 'sanctuary state' bill

Aaron Brown
September 17, 2017

Friday is the last day of the California legislative session, and lawmakers are expected to vote on a "sanctuary state" bill aimed at impeding the Trump administration's efforts to deport illegal immigrants, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The bill was introduced just before President Trump's inauguration and met opposition from some in California law enforcement, including many local sheriffs who lobbied California Gov.

Earlier, the bill also would have prevented local and state law enforcement from relaying information to federal immigration officers unless it was about a person convicted of a violent or serious crime.

The state Assembly approved SB 54 on a 50-25 vote on Friday. Jerry Brown. Brown has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation.

The California Police Chiefs Association is neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association opposes it. It was amended Monday to include a much longer list of exceptions than originally proposed as well as changes that would allow federal agents to interview inmates in jails. Several bills attempt to streamline local housing approvals in different ways-and for the first time connect state production goals with local mechanisms for accelerating housing construction.

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The concessions were sought by Brown, who wields veto power, and law enforcement groups. "This bill builds a wall between the federal government and our local partners and makes our communities less safe", said James Gallagher, a Republican assemblyman. The Sheriffs' Association said the revised bill still went too far and could endanger public safety.

"It's a purposeful positioning", said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California.

Some framed the argument by telling stories of their undocumented constituents. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said the measure "is needed now more than ever" in light of President Donald Trump's decision to step up immigration enforcement and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"We're living in fear today", said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Downey, saying she had seen the fear "in my own family" over the past nine months of the Trump administration.

All of this is real and important progress, but these bills will not come close to fully solving the problem.

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