Why California became a sanctuary state

  • Why California became a sanctuary state

Why California became a sanctuary state

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law protections for some 2.3 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Brown signed SB54, the "California Values Act" into law last week making it illegal, after January 1, 2018, for a local law enforcement officer to ask about a person's immigration status during the course of routine interactions with the public, Breitbart News' Michelle Moons reported.

"Given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California in recent years, it is especially disappointing that state leaders have made it law to limit cooperation between local jurisdictions and immigration authorities attempting to keep Californians safe". The law also prohibits law enforcement officials from complying with ICE issued immigration detainers.

The law will "undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission", Homan said.

Following extensive negotiations between the Governor's Office, the bill's author, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and California law enforcement groups, SB54 is not the wild-eyed "sanctuary state" law that some critics have accused it of being.

The head of the federal deportation agency said Friday his agents will now have to go out into communities in California even more frequently to round up illegal immigrants, now that the state has embraced a full sanctuary policy.

In anticipation of stepped-up raids, lawmakers passed a collection of other bills aimed at resisting Trump's immigration agenda. Jerry Brown signed a "sanctuary state" law.

California is home to an estimated 2.3 million unauthorized immigrants.

That means fewer illegal immigrants overall may be arrested, but more of them could be collateral arrests rather than the criminal targets all sides say should be the priority.

Brown, the state's Democratic governor, said Thursday he believes SB 54 strikes a balance between protecting public safety and bringing a measure of comfort to the families now living in fear of deportation.

"California's local law enforcement can not be commandeered and used by the Trump Administration to tear families apart, undermine our safety, and wreak havoc on our economy", de Leon said at a news conference in Los Angeles, where activists behind him chanted "Sí, se puede".

"This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way", Gov.

It also prevents local jails from holding inmates for up to 48 hours longer when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) makes a request for transfer-except for inmates who have committed certain violent crimes, such as murder, robbery, rape, or kidnapping.

"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families", Brown wrote in the signing statement.

"We will not stand idly by as President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions seek to divide this nation by scapegoating honest, hardworking families and casting immigrants as threats to be neutralized", de Leon said in a statement following Brown's signing. Some officers have argued that entangling police and federal immigration forces pushes crime victims and witnesses further into the shadows.