California Sanctuary State bill approved by State Assembly

Citing the shortage of affordable housing in his district Assemblyman Brian Maienschein R San Diego urges lawmakers to approve one of the measures in a multi-bill package to address California’s affordable housing shortage before the Assembly Thurs

California Sanctuary State bill approved by State Assembly

The agreement came on the same day the state sued the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation.

But immigrant rights groups applauded the final bill, noting that it represented a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump's anti-immigration agenda, including the Justice Department's threats to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.

However, following Monday's changes, it would preserve the ability of law officers to cooperate on federal task forces as long as the task force doesn't specifically work on immigration enforcement.

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

The bill faced some opposition, including from the California State Sheriffs' Association.

Assemblyman Chris Holden, who held the measure in his Utilities and Energy Committee, said he would consider it again when the legislature returns in January for the second half of their two-year session.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had no immediate comment.

Some immigrant rights advocates who were previously disappointed with the list of offenses under the Trust Act, were dismayed to see the same exceptions applied in the so-called sanctuary state bill. The Republican-controlled body is seeking to bolster federal criminal and immigration law enforcement. It would also prohibit local officers from inquiring about someone's immigration status.

Six bills aimed at addressing the crisis cleared the Assembly late Thursday after months of negotiations and cajoling. He noted that ICE generally seeks cooperation on people convicted of major crimes.

The exceptions created in the compromise earlier in the week were also not enough to win support from the California State Sheriffs' Association. We invite you to join us: At the next Summit, taking place November 2-3 in San Diego, housing leaders from across the state will have a chance to celebrate the progress made this year-and to craft a strategy for what must be done next to provide a way home for California. "This is where the dragnet is".

In a party line vote early Saturday morning, the state senate passed SB 54, a long-debated measure to shield illegal immigrants from the Trump administration's strict immigration enforcement.

The lawsuit's legal arguments largely mirror those already filed in a lawsuit last week by 15 other states and the District of Columbia.

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