State Senate approves ‘sanctuary state’ legislation aimed at Trump
California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration
officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Trump for his immigration crackdown.
It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.
The state Senate passed the measure on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly over the objection of opponents who said it endangers the public by shielding felons from being deported.
“By passing this today, you’ll be kicking the president right in the groin, and I can imagine he’s going to strike back,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula.
California is home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrants who do not have legal authorization.