Lawmakers Vote To Make California A 'Sanctuary State'

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Yet even in deep-blue California, the original sweeping prohibitions, which would have kept federal immigration authorities out of local jails and largely barred them from receiving any help from state law enforcement, proved impossible to jam through. "We put our values into action".

"Given their limited resources, I agree that state and local law enforcement should not be doing the jobs of federal immigration agents".

More than three years ahead of the next presidential election, Donald Trump has likely already lost California and all of its 55 electoral votes as the State Assembly there has passed legislation that requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

According to the Los Angeles Times, lawmakers there "passed a Senate bill that would turn the state into a sanctuary for immigrants without legal residency in the country" - a political and legislative move seen by many as a direct response to the president's back-and-forth over DACA and Attorney General Jeff Sessions's boisterous support for exacting strict limits on legal and illegal immigration.

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

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Given Gov. Brown's scathing criticism of Trump and the state's commitment to impeding his agenda, there's a good chance he will sign the legislation.

The bill also gives protections to inmates who are immigrants, allowing them to reduce their sentences by completing educational or rehabilitation programs, and ensures that schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses remain safe spaces for undocumented immigrants.

"A lot of people talk about building a wall". The California Police Chiefs Association is now neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association still opposes it.

"With SB 54, California will meaningfully improve state law to keep families together and communities whole-and not a moment too soon as the Trump administration continues its draconian and indiscriminate crackdown on 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. OR passed a similar, though less protective, measure 30 years ago.

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