California a step closer to becoming a 'sanctuary state'

State Sen. Toni Atkins D San Diego receives congratulations from Sen. Scott Wiener D San Francisco after her housing measure was approved by the state Assembly Thursday Sept. 14 2017 in Sacramento Calif. The California Assembly has approved a mul

California a step closer to becoming a 'sanctuary state'

Even after the negotiations, the bill is the most ambitious of its kind; in 1987 OR passed a law barring state and local officers from detaining anyone exclusively on immigration charges, and state lawmakers have proposed strengthening that law this year with amendments similar to the measures introduced in California.

California's immigration laws are considered among the friendliest in the country and the state is often referred to as a "sanctuary state". Jerry Brown. Brown has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation.

Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R- Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the state Assembly and Senate approved an amended version of Senate Bill 54 that was agreed to by Governor Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León.

"These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy", he said.

Multiple cities have sought to defy President Trump's immigration enforcement policies, which require that state and local communities allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.

"Given their limited resources, I agree that state and local law enforcement should not be doing the jobs of federal immigration agents", said Bates. The compromise helped shift the Police Chiefs Association's stance to "neutral".

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.

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

Democrats noted that when immigrants trust law enforcement, they are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes.

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

Assemblyman Chris Holden, who held the measure in his Utilities and Energy Committee, said he would consider it again when the legislature returns in January for the second half of their two-year session.

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