California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy

California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy

Named the California Values Act (or SB 54) and set to take effect in January 2018, the law would provide discretion to state and local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they detain a suspected undocumented immigrant.

Jerry Brown signed landmark "sanctuary state" legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by almost eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff's Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees.

It bars police departments from detaining people based on their immigration status.

California's governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, signed the landmark legislation - Senate Bill 54 (SB54) - which grants better protections to people who are in the United States without permission, including those who have committed crimes.

Brown said federal immigration authorities are free to use their own resources to enforce immigration law and emphasized that the bill doesn't block them from interviewing immigrants in custody.

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Senate Bill 54 is a measure to limit the federal government's moves against immigrants in the state of California.

Although the Trump administration's chief goal is to deport criminals, it is still expelling significant numbers of people who never committed any crimes. At a first-of-its-kind immigration forum in March, Sacramento protesters booed and heckled Homan, leading the acting ICE head to tell the roiling crowd that, "We don't conduct neighborhood sweeps".

"Ultimately, SB54 (...) creates another magnet for more illegal immigration", he insisted, adding ICE will have "no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests". It is the signature piece of a package of 11 bills establishing protections for undocumented residents of California.

He threatened more arrests and said the bill "will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission". He explains why Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

The Trump administration officially admitted that its immigration enforcement strategy is motivated by petty revenge against lawmakers who refuse to bend the knee. "But it will put a kink - a large kink - in Trump's perverse and inhumane deportation machine", De León said after Brown signed the historic bill. "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". In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

Asked for a comment about the bill, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is "spending every day we can trying to find the best way forward".

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