California is in line to become a sanctuary state after the legislature passed a bill Saturday that will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from inquiring about a person’s immigration status or providing information to federal immigration authorities.
In response to President Donald Trump’s tough approach to immigration enforcement, California legislatures sent a message of defiance in passing the California Values Act. Democrats used supermajorities to pass the bill in order to protect an estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and access to health care.
Many local law enforcement agencies objected to the bill and lobbied Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene. Earlier this week, legislators agreed to allow law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration officials if a person is convicted of certain crimes including gang related offenses, assault, murder, felony drunk driving and child abuse.
Some proponents and opponents of the California Values Act opposed the compromise.
“Our overarching concern remains that limiting local law enforcement’s ability to communicate and cooperate with federal law enforcement officers endangers public safety,” the California State Sheriffs’ Association said in a statement.
The bill now heads to the governor, who is expected to sign it.
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