Cit­i­zen backs sanc­tu­ary state bill in Assem­bly

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - JAZMINE ULLOA jazmine.ulloa@la­times.com

SACRA­MENTO — Guadalupe Plas­cen­cia told state law­mak­ers on Tues­day that she was frus­trated and hu­mil­i­ated when she was hand­cuffed and de­tained in March by im­mi­gra­tion author­i­ties in San Bernardino, de­spite hav­ing be­come a U.S. cit­i­zen about 20 years ago.

At an Assem­bly Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee hear­ing, Plas­cen­cia urged leg­is­la­tors to sup­port Senate Bill 54, which would pro­hibit lo­cal and state law en­force­ment agen­cies from us­ing re­sources for im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

She said im­mi­grants de­serve dig­nity and re­spect and pointed to her ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex­am­ple of how im­mi­gra­tion laws can be wrong­fully ap­plied, even against cit­i­zens.

SB 54 moved out of the com­mit­tee with a 5-2 vote. It now heads to the Assem­bly Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

The so-called sanc­tu­ary state bill, which was in­tro­duced by Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los An­ge­les), bans state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing school po­lice and se­cu­rity de­part­ments, from us­ing re­sources to in­ves­ti­gate, in­ter­ro­gate, de­tain, de­tect or ar­rest peo­ple for im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment pur­poses.

Be­fore the Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee on Tues­day, De León said he was con­tin­u­ing to work with law en­force­ment of­fi­cials on amend­ments to en­sure the leg­is­la­tion would not hurt their agen­cies' par­tic­i­pa­tion in fed­eral task forces or hin­der crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing cases in­volv­ing ter­ror at­tacks, drug car­tels or hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Im­mi­grant rights ad­vo­cates cited Plas­cen­cia’s case as an ex­am­ple of the trou­bling sit­u­a­tions that could arise for U.S. cit­i­zens at a time when Pres­i­dent Trump has pledged to speed up de­por­ta­tions and in­crease de­ten­tions of im­mi­grants in the coun­try il­le­gally.

The 59-year-old hair­dresser was taken into Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment cus­tody af­ter spend­ing a night in jail. She’d been ar­rested by po­lice on a decade-old bench war­rant re­lated to her al­leged fail­ure to ap­pear as a wit­ness in a court case.

Gina Fer­azzi Los An­ge­les Times

GUADALUPE PLAS­CEN­CIA of San Bernardino was held in ICE cus­tody de­spite her U.S. cit­i­zen­ship.

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