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California Goes Full Sanctuary State With Sweeping Immigration Bill

California Goes Full Sanctuary State With Sweeping Immigration Bill

"While not ideal, [the bill] kept intact our ability to maintain partnerships with federal law enforcement officials who help us in the fight against gangs, drugs and human trafficking", McDonnell said in a written statement.

The original proposal by Democratic state senator Kevin De Leon would have also prohibited state and local police from reporting undocumented immigrants to federal authorities unless they had committed violent or serious crimes. The measure was one of several introduced by Democratic lawmakers to benefit California's 2.3 million illegal immigrant residents.

"Now, more than ever, it is imperative that California law clearly distinguish state and local law enforcement officers from federal deportation agents", said Pasquarella. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to withhold certain federal grants from jurisdictions that refuse to honor immigration detention requests or give ICE agents access to local jails.

But they will be prohibited from from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if they have committed only minor offenses. Corrections officers would also be permitted to work with federal agencies.

Brown has backed the bill and is expected to sign it into law, despite the Trump Administration rejection of sanctuary cities and states.

A pair of bills seeking to ban smoking at California's parks and beaches are heading to Gov.

"Given their limited resources, I agree that state and local law enforcement should not be doing the jobs of federal immigration agents", said Bates.

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"In my view this bill's going to make us less safe", said Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-Templeton.

The changes did not mollify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan, who said the bill will deliberately destruct immigration laws and shelter criminals.

The California Assembly has approved a multi-bill package to address the state's affordable housing crunch.

The bills all need Senate approval on Friday.

Brown and de Leon reached their agreement in the last week of the legislative year.

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.