California Legislature approves 'sanctuary state' bill

California Legislature approves 'sanctuary state' bill

The bill, known as SB54, bans law enforcement officials from asking about the immigration status of people under arrest, and prevents local police from being "deputized as immigration agents", The Associated Press reports.

State legislators approved a measure early Saturday morning that would make California a sanctuary state.

The bill passed 50-26 and was headed back to the state Senate late Friday for final approval before going to Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene, as KQED's Scott Shafer reported.

With more than a dozen bills in this year's housing "package" now on their way to the governor's desk, the state Legislature has taken the first and most important step toward addressing California's housing crisis: Recognizing the scope of the problem-and beginning the hard work of developing solutions on the scale needed to solve it.

State Sen. Kevin De León, who introduced the bill, said it "reflects the values of who we are as a great state". The legislation would also permit police and sheriffs to share information and transfer people to immigration authorities if they have been convicted of one or more crimes from a list of 800 outlined in a previous law, the California Trust Act.


On the Senate floor minutes before 2 a.m. Saturday, De Leon said the changes were reasonable, and reflected a powerful compromise between law enforcement officials and advocates. The California Sheriffs' Association continues to oppose it.

The California Police Chiefs Association went neutral on the measure after Brown's demands were reflected in the last round of amendments.

The bill's passage comes less than a day after a federal judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration's attempt to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

California's three investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, said the bill does not protect customers from the cost of switching from fossil fuels. The Trump administration is playing politics with public safety.

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".

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