California a step closer to becoming a 'sanctuary state'

California a step closer to becoming a 'sanctuary state'

California a step closer to becoming a 'sanctuary state'

According to the Los Angeles Times, lawmakers there "passed a Senate bill that would turn the state into a sanctuary for immigrants without legal residency in the country" - a political and legislative move seen by many as a direct response to the president's back-and-forth over DACA and Attorney General Jeff Sessions's boisterous support for exacting strict limits on legal and illegal immigration.

Senate Bill 54 will place limitations on how state and local law enforcement officials can communicate and coordinate with federal immigration authorities.

Democrats used supermajorities in the state Capitol to pass the bill they viewed as important to highlighting California's stance on shielding its estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The bill also prevents local and state law enforcement from detaining someone over an immigration hold request. Jerry Brown. Brown has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation.

Brown has backed the bill and is expected to sign it into law, despite the Trump Administration rejection of sanctuary cities and states.

The California Police Chiefs Association is neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association opposes it. "The only thing this bill provides a sanctuary for is unsafe criminals", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican from Nicolaus.

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California's three investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, said the bill does not protect customers from the cost of switching from fossil fuels.

"Our overarching concern remains that limiting local law enforcement's ability to communicate and cooperate with federal law enforcement officers endangers public safety", the group said in a statement.

"Californians will not squander precious public safety dollars to tear families apart, take "Dreamers" or deport people who have helped California become the sixth largest economy in the world", de León said.

"In my view this bill's going to make us less safe", said Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-Templeton.

The bill's passage comes less than a day after a federal judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration's attempt to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

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