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Take that Trump! California will be 'Sanctuary State'

17 September 2017

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.

California Democrats approved a "sanctuary state" bill Saturday that would limit how local and state police can interact with federal immigration agents.

On the Senate floor minutes before 2 a.m. Saturday, De Leon said the changes were reasonable, and reflected a powerful compromise between law enforcement officials and advocates. Jerry Brown, who announced his support after the top state Senate leader agreed to water down the bill and preserve authority for jail and prison officials to cooperate with immigration officers in many cases.

"This comes as a relief that there are some legislators that are really listening", Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told CBS.

"These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy", he said.

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Multiple cities have sought to defy President Trump's immigration enforcement policies, which require that state and local communities allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.

Illinois' Republican Governor signed a bill last month protecting people from being detained because they are the subject of an immigration-related warrant.

The bill does allow California police officers to communicate with federal agents about those convicted of hundreds of felonies within the past 15 years. It says voters need the tax return information from candidates because it could point to “potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations.”. For the first time in years, the Legislature has created a new, dedicated funding source to house those in our communities struggling the most. California's lower chamber passed the bill on Friday.

Although California lawmakers have enacted several environmental protections this year, a measure aimed at weaning the state's power grid entirely off fossil fuels by 2045 died for the year after lawmakers adjourned without voting on it.

Take that Trump! California will be 'Sanctuary State'