An en­tire state may become a sanc­tu­ary

Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture passes bill to limit co­op­er­a­tion with ICE

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation - Jazmine Ul­loa, Los An­ge­les Times

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — The Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture passed a “sanc­tu­ary state” bill Satur­day 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 for 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 mea­sure sent to Gov. Jerry Brown was a sig­nif­i­cant re­treat from the ver­sion first in­tro­duced, the re­sult of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Brown and de Leon in the fi­nal weeks of the leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

On the Senate floor min­utes be­fore 2 a.m. Satur­day, de Leon said the changes were rea­son­able.

“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. “This is a mea­sure that re­flects the val­ues of who we are as a great state.”

The Cal­i­for­nia Val­ues Act at first would have pro­hib­ited state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies from us­ing any re­sources to hold, ques­tion or share in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple with fed­eral Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agents, un­less they had vi­o­lent or se­ri­ous crim­i­nal con­vic­tions.

Af­ter the talks be­tween de Leon and Brown, amend­ments to the bill made this week would al­low fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties to keep work­ing with state cor­rec­tions of­fi­cials and to con­tinue en­ter­ing county jails to ques­tion im­mi­grants.

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