California Senate Republican Leader Responds to Legislature's Approval of "Sanctuary State" Bill

The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says California's so-called "sanctuary state" bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities prioritizes politics over public safety.

The California Values Act would not necessarily make California the country's first "sanctuary state".

It also would allow local authorities to turn over immigrants to federal agents if detainees have been convicted of one or more of a list of 800 serious crimes, the newspaper reported.

Even after the negotiations, the bill is the most ambitious of its kind; in 1987 OR passed a law barring state and local officers from detaining anyone exclusively on immigration charges, and state lawmakers have proposed strengthening that law this year with amendments similar to the measures introduced in California.

"This comes as a relief that there are some legislators that are really listening", Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told CBS. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status. But they'll be barred from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if their rap sheet includes only minor offenses.

"I think this has been an historic year for all of our accomplishments", said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) just after 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Illinois' Republican Governor signed a bill last month protecting people from being detained because they are the subject of an immigration-related warrant.

The Republican minority in the Legislature opposed the bill.

Assembly members debating the final bills of the year on Friday.

Among the passages cleared: San Francisco Sen. Under the additions to the bill, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would have to develop new standards to protect people held on immigration violations, and to allow immigrant inmates to receive credits toward their sentences serviced if they undergo rehabilitation and educational programs while incarcerated. The state's prison system is now excluded from most of the bill's provisions. They've passed legislation and filed lawsuits aimed at protecting immigrants, combating climate change and blocking any future attempt to build a registry of Muslims.


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