Sacra­mento

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Sanc­tu­ary state: Gov. Jerry Brown signed leg­is­la­tion last week mak­ing California a “sanc­tu­ary state,” in a show of de­fi­ance against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hard­line im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies. Se­nate Bill 54, which is aimed at pro­tect­ing the state’s es­ti­mated 2.3 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, dra­mat­i­cally lim­its the ex­tent to which state and lo­cal law en­force­ment can co­op­er­ate with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties. The bill, which takes ef­fect in Jan­uary, bars of­fi­cials from ask­ing about peo­ple’s im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus or from shar­ing information about them with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion agents un­less the in­di­vid­u­als have been charged or con­victed of a se­ri­ous of­fense. Fed­eral agents will still be able to en­ter county jails, but the act­ing di­rec­tor of U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment said that the bill would force the agency to con­duct more large-scale raids on neigh­bor­hoods and work­places to find un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants.

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