California lawmakers take anti-Trump stance as session ends

California lawmakers take anti-Trump stance as session ends

The California legislature has passed a bill to make it a so-called "sanctuary state", giving immigrants without legal status a layer of protection from federal agents. Under the bill, local and state officers can not ask about a person's immigration status or be deputized as immigration agents.

With more than a dozen bills in this year's housing "package" now on their way to the governor's desk, the state Legislature has taken the first and most important step toward addressing California's housing crisis: Recognizing the scope of the problem-and beginning the hard work of developing solutions on the scale needed to solve it.

California lawmakers early Saturday sent Gov.

The bill is all part of a broader push by U.S. Democrats to counter President Trump's plan to expand deportation orders. Kevin de Leon, the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.

This year, California lawmakers have strengthened protections for undocumented immigrants, increased the gasoline tax and extended a program aimed at compelling businesses to reduce air pollution, all in opposition to federal policies.

But the law has backers too: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who simply called it "a reasonable streamlining bill", and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, who said in August, "We need to plan and prepare for accommodating diverse populations and more dense development in our existing footprint".

"These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy", he said.

"If California politicians pass this bill, they will be prioritizing politics over the safety and security of their constituents", Homan said in a statement this week. One lawmaker said the bill would cause "chaos".

The state Assembly has approved a "sanctuary state" measure that would put new restrictions on interactions between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

The California Police Chiefs Association is neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association opposes it.

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