Democrats in California agreed on a measure that bars state law enforcement from executing federal immigration laws.
This treasonous, seditious behavior is blatantly anti-American and clearly anti-Trump, and proves that the politicians in California care more about illegal aliens than the will and safety of the American people.
The bill goes up for a vote this week.
This inches California, which is already virtually bankrupt, much closer to losing federal funding.
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From The Hill
Top Democrats in Sacramento have reached an agreement that appears set to pave the way for California to become a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants.
The measure, which is likely to face votes late Thursday or Friday, would bar state law enforcement officials from enforcing federal immigration law, either by asking about someone’s immigration status or detaining individuals based on requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
The bill would also require California schools, hospitals, libraries and court houses to restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws on their premises.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and state Senate President Kevin de Leon (D), the bill’s lead author, agreed late Monday on changes to the bill that Brown had sought.
The amendments would give law enforcement agencies more discretion to notify federal immigration officials about convicted offenders in their custody and to transfer those offenders to immigration authorities.
The bill would still allow federal immigration officials to interview those in custody, though it will not permit those officials to maintain permanent office space in state prisons or local jails.
“This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place,” Brown said in a statement.
De Leon, one of the most powerful Democrats in Sacramento, said the bill was needed to combat increased deportations likely to take place now that President Trump has said he will wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which covers hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. About a quarter of all those covered under the program live in California.
“With the president’s decision to rescind DACA and stepped up ICE incursions into our neighborhoods, SB 54 is needed now more than ever,” de Leon said, referring to the bill by its number.
The amendments mollified some law enforcement officials who had opposed the initial version of the bill. Ed Medrano, the chief of police in Gardena, Calif., and president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said the changes would allow law enforcement to better do its job.