Leg­is­la­ture OKs ‘sanc­tu­ary state’ bill

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - – Los An­ge­les Times

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. – The Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture on Satur­day passed a “sanc­tu­ary state” bill to pro­tect im­mi­grants with­out le­gal res­i­dency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter ex­panded de­por­ta­tion or­ders un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The leg­is­la­tion by Demo­cratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the most far-reach­ing of its kind in the coun­try, would limit state and lo­cal law en­force­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties, and pre­vent of­fi­cers from ques­tion­ing and hold­ing peo­ple on im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

Af­ter de­bate in both houses of the Leg­is­la­ture, staunch op­po­si­tion from Repub­li­can sher­iffs and threats from Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials against sanc­tu­ary cities, the bill was ap­proved on a 27-11 vote along party lines. But the bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown dras­ti­cally scaled back the ver­sion first in­tro­duced, the re­sult of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Brown and De Leon.

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