Im­mi­gra­tion views aired

Gov­er­nor shares his con­cerns on ‘abuse of fed­eral power’ and ‘sanc­tu­ary state’ bill.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Chris Mege­rian chris.mege­rian @la­

Gov. Jerry Brown de­scribed deal­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies as a bal­anc­ing act dur­ing an in­ter­view Sun­day on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ex­press­ing con­cern about an “abuse of fed­eral power.”

But he also shared reser­va­tions about high-pro­file leg­is­la­tion mov­ing through the Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture that would in­crease lim­i­ta­tions on how lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies can work with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties.

“We’re look­ing at it very care­fully,” Brown said of Se­nate Bill 54, from state Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los An­ge­les). “We’re hav­ing dis­cus­sions with the au­thor. There are some changes that I think would be very im­por­tant.” Brown sug­gested that lit­i­ga­tion from Cal­i­for­nia Atty. Gen. Xavier Be­cerra and other states could be a good way to re­solve dis­agree­ments be­tween the state and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on “sanc­tu­ary city” poli­cies, which have been a po­lit­i­cal flash­point.

The gov­er­nor said peo­ple in the coun­try il­le­gally who have com­mit­ted crimes “have no busi­ness in the United States” but said he wants to help oth­ers who have con­trib­uted to Cal­i­for­nia.

“We want to be very un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple who have come to our state, have worked in our econ­omy, of­ten for decades, pick­ing our food, work­ing in our restau­rants, work­ing in high-tech in­dus­tries; the whole range of what con­sti­tutes the life of Cal­i­for­nia has been con­trib­uted to by many of these im­mi­grants that are not doc­u­mented,” he said.

Rich Pe­dron­celli As­so­ci­ated Press

GOV. JERRY BROWN, right, seeks changes to state Se­nate leader Kevin de León’s sanc­tu­ary mea­sure.

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