California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California Lawmakers Pass 'Sanctuary State' Bill

The California Legislature Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the USA, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

Lawmakers reached a deal on the proposal after resistance from law enforcement officials and Gov.

This year, California lawmakers have strengthened protections for undocumented immigrants, increased the gasoline tax and extended a program aimed at compelling businesses to reduce air pollution, all in opposition to federal policies.

California's immigration laws are considered among the friendliest in the country and the state is often referred to as a "sanctuary state".

Trump issued an executive order in January targeting funding for cities that offer illegal immigrants safe harbor by declining to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

It also would allow local authorities to turn over immigrants to federal agents if detainees have been convicted of one or more of a list of 800 serious crimes, the newspaper reported.

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The bill goes now to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

Senate Bill 54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles, would bar local police and sheriffs from cooperating with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on deportations in most cases. For them, the bill delivers a rare victory during Trump's presidency, preserving some protections for people in the country illegally and adding others. In the final hours of the just-completed legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that would require presidential candidates in California to disclose their tax returns – or not be allowed on the ballot. "It's going to protect the criminal at the expense of the law abiding citizen".

A federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.

Proponents of the California Values Act cited residents' fear of law enforcement amid the looming threat of deportation as a vital reason to pass the bill.

Among the passages cleared: San Francisco Sen. Several bills attempt to streamline local housing approvals in different ways-and for the first time connect state production goals with local mechanisms for accelerating housing construction.

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