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Far-Reaching Immigrant Protections Bill Passes in California

Far-Reaching Immigrant Protections Bill Passes in California

After talks with Brown, amendments to the bill made this week would allow federal immigration authorities to keep working with state corrections officials and to continue entering county jails to question immigrants.

California lawmakers have approved a bill to make the most populous US state a sanctuary state for immigrants who do not have legal residency.

The Assembly's 49-25 vote sets up a vote in the Senate later Friday.

The bill that is headed to Brown's desk allows communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding anyone who has committed any of the 800 crimes listed in the California Trust Law, which includes some misdemeanors and non-violent crimes. "CSSA further states that "... we can not support legislation that limits our ability to protect our communities in a symbolic attempt to impact federal law and policy".

Advocates still support California's marquee anti-Trump bill because it bans local police from targeting individuals based on immigration status alone and limits their ability to use their resources to investigate undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. Corrections officers would also be permitted to work with federal agencies.

The bill will prevent local police from becoming "cogs in the Trump deportation machine", de Leon said.

The organization put out a release earlier this week, saying that "California's front-line law enforcement officers do not now engage in, and have no intention of engaging in, immigration enforcement in the field". 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.

The bill faced some opposition, including from the California State Sheriffs' Association. "It's going to protect the criminal at the expense of the law abiding citizen".

Immigrant rights groups held a noisy rally in the Capitol last week urging Brown and de Leon not to back off from the strict immigrant protections de Leon originally proposed in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president.

California's Democratic political leaders have positioned the nation's largest state as a foil to Trump and his administration.

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