California Finally Passes the Sanctuary State Bill

The State of California has finally passed the sanctuary state bill that they have chased the whole year. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law, California will not be part of illegal immigrants’ deportations that have increased with the Trump administration. This is seen as a move by the Democrats to stop the Trump administration in the profiling acts. The bill had been brought forward by a California Democrat known as Kevin de Leon. This means that there will be limited communication between state authorities and federal authorities on issues related to deportation. At the same time, federal officials will be prohibited from holding people in the state relating to immigration violations. They will also be prevented from questioning these people. The bill was passed in 27 -11 vote and members voted along party lines. The bill is being referred to as Senate Bill 54 and faced threats from the Trump administration. At the same time, Senate Bill 54 was passed after a passionate debate and furious opposition from Republican Sheriffs. However, this was the second draft after Gov. Jerry Brown rejected the first draft which resulted in tough negotiations between the governor and Kevin de Leon.

Earlier in the day, a federal judge in Chicago managed to stop the justice department from blocking fundraisers that were geared towards promoting sanctuary city policies. Just some minutes before 2 pm, Kevin de Leone managed to convince the two houses that the changes were reasonable. However, he insisted that the core mission of the program remains to protect hardworking families that play an important part of the state’s economy and culture from deportation. The law is being referred to as the California Values Act. Despite protecting immigrants from federal officials, the act has a clause that it cannot protect people with serious criminal convictions. However, the latest amendments allow federal officials to continue working in the state. They are still allowed in county jails if they need to question immigrants. The act also stipulates the 800 crimes that would allow deportation of criminals. An immigrant rights director known as Jennie Pasquarella says that the bill was worth the fight. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Thomas Homan said that his department was disappointed that the state chose politics instead of public safety. He further says that the bill will see less security in the state of California. The bill was voted by six Senate members and 20 assembly members.


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