California passes 'sanctuary' state law limiting collaboration between police and ICE

By passing the Senate Bill 54 SB54 the state with the largest immigrant population in the U.S. has become the first to endorse a pro-immigration reform

California passes 'sanctuary' state law limiting collaboration between police and ICE

- The White House is looking to increase the crackdown on undocumented immigrants after California's decision to become a sanctuary state.

Another important move that has been deemed unconstitutional is the state jails compliance with the federal authorities who seek to keep immigrants in jails past their release dates. And all law enforcement agencies will have to produce annual reports on their participation in task forces that involve federal agencies, as well as on the people they transfer to immigration authorities. Jerry Brown signed "sanctuary state" legislation.

"This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way", Brown wrote in his signing statement.

The head of the federal deportation agency said Friday his agents will now have to go out into communities in California even more frequently to round up illegal immigrants, now that the state has embraced a full sanctuary policy. The state has almost 2.3 million immigrants without legal documents, according to Pew Research Center.

De Leon said the Trump administration attempts to create division through fear-mongering.

The bill severely limits the scope of federal authorities, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, to receive immigrants' information from local or state-level authorities.

"ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have", he said in a statement.


The other bills prohibit landlords from reporting their undocumented tenants, ban employers from authorizing federal immigration raids at the workplace, and allow students whose parents were deported to continue attending California schools.

"We're not sleeping well at night", said Dave Cortese, president of the board of supervisors in California's Santa Clara County, which filed one of the federal lawsuits against Trump's efforts to yank federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions.

"I know Trump supporters don't get this from their news, but immigrants commit far fewer crimes than citizens".

The Trump administration officially admitted that its immigration enforcement strategy is motivated by petty revenge against lawmakers who refuse to bend the knee.

"No one at this point believes that ICE is remotely interested in public safety - and ironically their threats only make more clear the need for localities and states to enact better policies to uphold the law", Sarmiento said. "This bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day", Brown said. Brown signed 10 into law on Thursday, and they will take effect on January 1. It also referred back to Brown's signing statement, in which he laid out what the bill does - and does not - do.

SEIU United Service Workers West President David Huerta said SB 54 is a first step toward fixing the "broken immigration system" in the United States.

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