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Lawmakers Vote To Make California A 'Sanctuary State'
17 September 2017, 12:20 | Rufus Hill
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"The California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA) remains opposed to SB 54 writing, "... limiting local law enforcement's ability to communicate and cooperate with federal law enforcement officers endangers public safety." . Jerry Brown - it will become law.
A compromise hammered out earlier this week between Brown and California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León carved out exceptions to the new restrictions.
Republicans say the bill, SB54, would only provide comfort to people who commit crimes and would force immigration agents to conduct neighborhood raids if their actions are restricted in jails. Corrections officers would also be permitted to work with federal agencies. The bill must still be signed by the governor.
"If California politicians pass this bill, they will be prioritizing politics over the safety and security of their constituents", Homan said in a statement this week. For instance, immigrant inmates would now be allowed to earn credits to reduce their sentences if they complete educational or rehabilitative programming while incarcerated.
"A lot of people talk about building a wall".
State legislators approved a measure early Saturday morning that would make California a sanctuary state.
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.
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". "It also retains the controlled access that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has to our jails".
A federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.
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.
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