ICE director decries California's 'sanctuary state' bill

Posted September 17, 2017

California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday.

"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.

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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. The state's Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, is expected to sign off on the bill, which he and the senator negotiated over at great length regarding certain amendments.

"This comes as a relief that there are some legislators that are really listening", said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. It would prohibit local officers from inquiring about someone's immigration status and would prevent police from being deputized as immigration agents.

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California lawmakers have approved a "sanctuary state" bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Immigration advocates generally applauded the latest version, even with de Leon's concessions.

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As The Hill reported on Thursday, "The bill would require all presidential candidates to release the last 5 years of their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot". For the first time in years, the Legislature has created a new, dedicated funding source to house those in our communities struggling the most. Under the additions to the bill, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would have to develop new standards to protect people held on immigration violations, and to allow immigrant inmates to receive credits toward their sentences serviced if they undergo rehabilitation and educational programs while incarcerated. They've passed legislation and filed lawsuits aimed at protecting immigrants, combating climate change and blocking any future attempt to build a registry of Muslims.