Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 54, making California a sanctuary state


We also recognize that California must do much more to embrace the humanity of all who call our state home, including Californians criminalized by racially biased systems of mass incarceration. SB 54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, limits local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities, except when the immigrant has been convicted of certain crimes.

In signing one of the bills, the governor attached a special message to the Legislature, an unusual action for Mr. "What matters is that we treat all people equally". Brown also said that the bill does not prohibit local sheriffs from cooperating with deportation proceedings from federal immigration officers or letting them into their jails to conduct interviews.

De Leon said the Trump administration attempts to create division through fear-mongering. "I know Trump supporters don't get this from their news outlets or blogs, but immigrants commit far fewer crimes than USA -born citizens". The Trump administration warned against the first-of-its-kind law, but the trendsetting state may have a national impact. "In California, we will do everything in our power to prevent families from being torn apart in order to feed the president's base".

Department spokeswoman Erin Mellon said in an email that officials will consider auditors' recommendations, but the audit validates the exhaustive work the department has done to propose the best project for California. "What we do in California matters, and in California we will continue to resist, and through our resistance, we will win the justice that all communities deserve", Huerta said.

More than 10 million immigrants live in California, more than any other state in the U.S., according to the American Immigration Council. "The irony is that President Trump's racist scapegoating has inspired an emerging consensus for even greater protections". Sessions and other officials with the Trump administration have come out against "sanctuary jurisdictions", citing a connection between illegal immigrants and increases in violent crime. Another article by Clabough in The New American on September 20 reported that U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber of Chicago ruled September 15 that the Department of Justice can not withhold federal dollars in law-enforcement grants to sanctuary cities. "Obviously, brothers and sisters, that's not working out".

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A coalition of civil rights groups that had been pushing for SB 54 released a statement applauding its passage.

Since Trump was elected USA president, there have been three different ballot initiatives that would require the state Legislature to ask Congress for a federal constitutional convention in order to make California an independent state.

Other bills signed by Brown as part of the package include protections for education, housing, employment and law enforcement.

Another bill by Chiu, Assembly Bill 450, was carried in anticipation of stepped-up workplace immigration raids and would require an employer to require proper court documents before allowing immigration agents access to the workplace or to employee information.

The series of bills also help to fund legal services for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America and assistance to immigrants seeking naturalisation.