Bill pro­tect­ing im­mi­grants ad­vances

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN -

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. - Cal­i­for­nia Democrats ap­proved a “sanc­tu­ary state” bill Saturday that would limit how lo­cal and state po­lice can in­ter­act with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion agents.

The bill is in­tended to bol­ster im­mi­grant pro­tec­tions in the state that are al­ready among the strong­est in the na­tion.

It will now be con­sid­ered by Gov. Jerry Brown, who an­nounced his sup­port af­ter the top state Se­nate leader agreed to wa­ter down the bill and pre­serve author­ity for jail and prison of­fi­cials to co­op­er­ate with im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers in many cases.

The leg­is­la­tion is the lat­est ef­fort by Demo­cratic law­mak­ers in Cal­i­for­nia, home to an es­ti­mated 2.3 mil­lion im­mi­grants with­out le­gal au­tho­riza­tion, to cre­ate bar­ri­ers to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign pledge to step up de­por­ta­tion ef­forts.

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