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California Governor Signs Bill Creating 'Sanctuary' State, in Rebuke to Trump

California Governor Signs Bill Creating 'Sanctuary' State, in Rebuke to Trump”

In signing the bill, Brown limited who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities in the nation's largest state.

In his message, Brown said the bill, titled the California Values Act, states that local authorities will not ask about immigration status during routine interactions.

This means Californian law enforcement cannot inquire an individual's immigration status, arrest people on civil immigration warrants, or participate in border patrol activities or joint task forces with the federal government if the primary objective is immigration enforcement. They also hope it will ensure that people here illegally feel safe reporting crimes to law enforcement. There were already 35 sanctuary cities in California before Brown signed the bill Thursday.

California became a "sanctuary state" on Thursday as Democratic Gov. Immigration authorities can still seek help from California officials on cases in which undocumented individuals have been convicted of certain crimes.

Federal immigration officers are "free to use their own considerable resources" when enforcing federal law in the state.

Supporters said the goal is to protect innocent families from being torn apart.

But Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a Los Angeles immigrant who was detained earlier this year while taking his daughters to school, says the governor's action made him very emotional.

Some law enforcement officials say the impact of the sanctuary measure likely will be minimal because it bans immigration enforcement activities that few agencies participate in.

Drugmakers have spent $16.8 million on lobbying since January 2015 to kill an array of drug legislation in California, according to data from the Secretary of State's Office. The changes neutralized the opposition of the statewide police chiefs, but many sheriffs - who oversee the state's jails - remained opposed.

Sessions has threatened to withhold federal grants to "sanctuary jurisdictions" that do not allow federal immigration authorities access to local jails and give the Department 48 hours notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations. 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.

"It won't stop [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] from trolling our streets", he said.

The bills were part of a package of legislation introduced by majority Democrats to extend protections for immigrants without legal residency in the US, as the Trump administration has called for greater immigration enforcement.

"The State of California has now codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement", Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement.



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