The measure that passed still allows jail and prison officials to notify the federal government if they have arrested an undocumented immigrant with a felony record, and allows federal immigration officers to interview people in custody.
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 Democrats approved a "sanctuary state" bill Saturday that would limit how local and state police can interact with federal immigration agents.
"I know, from speaking to hundreds of victims of crimes, witnesses of crimes, that if you're a victim or a witness, it's hard to trust working with law enforcement if you think there's a chance that your immigration status might be passed along to the federal government", he said.
Under SB54, federal immigration agents will no longer be allowed to have office space in jails, and local law enforcement officers will be prohibited from asking people about their immigration status, arresting people on immigration warrants, or acting as immigration agents, according to The Mercury News. But they'll be barred from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if their rap sheet includes only minor offenses.More news: School fire kills at least 23 students in Kuala Lumpur
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Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) said the amendments added to the bill this week were reasonable and would not change the overall mission of the bill to protect hard-working families. The final version of the bill was released Monday but California requires bills to be published in their final form for 72 hours before a vote.
In an emotional debate that brought lawmakers on both sides to tears, supporters said the law is needed now more than ever.
As lawmakers considered the bill Friday another high-profile killing in San Francisco spotlighted the sanctuary issue. "We believe in the American dream, and this bill today helps some of us believe California is a safe place for immigrants".
It came a day after a federal judge barred the U.S. Justice Department from denying public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities in retaliation for limiting cooperation with the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. 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.