California bolsters 'sanctuary state' immigrant protections in last-minute vote

California bolsters 'sanctuary state' immigrant protections in last-minute vote

California bolsters 'sanctuary state' immigrant protections in last-minute vote

According to The Sacramento Bee, this is at least the third time in the last decade a park and beach smoking ban bill has been sent to the governor's desk, but each have been rejected with the most recent veto coming previous year from the Democratic governor.

Law360, Washington (September 14, 2017, 6:57 PM EDT) - Border security, cybersecurity and immigration enforcement would get a spending hike of more than $2 billion under a pair of bills approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The bill does allow California police officers to communicate with federal agents about those convicted of hundreds of felonies within the past 15 years. Jerry Brown, is a scaled-back revision of an earlier proposal that would have cut off communication and resource-sharing with federal immigration authorities except in cases backed by a criminal warrant.

Democrats argued the bill would heighten public safety by building trust between undocumented immigrants and police, encouraging crime victims to come forward. It was amended Monday to include a much longer list of exceptions than originally proposed as well as changes that would allow federal agents to interview inmates in jails.

Donald Trump promised during his presidential campaign to crack down on undocumented immigrants and to launch an extensive deportation program.

"Now, more than ever, it is imperative that California law clearly distinguish state and local law enforcement officers from federal deportation agents", said Pasquarella.

California lawmakers are debating the measure as the U.S. Congress considers offering legal status to young immigrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally or overstayed their visas. The California Police Chiefs Association is now neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association still opposes it. "It's going to protect the criminal at the expense of the law abiding citizen". 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.

But immigrant rights groups did not withdraw their support for the bill and also won some concessions.

"We hope that it will serve as a model for other states and encourage them to adopt similar protections", said Jenny Pasquarella, immigrant rights director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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