Jerry Brown signs California immigration bills into law

Gladys Abbott
October 7, 2017

Jerry Brown signed legislation protecting illegal immigrants in defiance of the Trump administration.

The legislation is meant to restrict local law enforcement from aiding federal immigration officials.

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 goal is immigration enforcement.

"The national agenda is a racist agenda, let's not sugar coat it", Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, said to chants of "Si, se puede", or "Yes, we can", at a press conference in Los Angeles announcing the signing of Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act.

Last month the Long Beach City Council voted to have the city attorney's office draft a resolution that reaffirms its support of Senate Bill 54 and also instructed the city manager's office to work with community and immigrant rights groups to expand on the protections provided under the bill. The law, in part, strictly limits local law enforcement agencies' collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency officials to only conviction cases and not during arrests. It is the signature piece of a package of 11 bills establishing protections for undocumented residents of California.

De Leon said the Trump administration attempts to create division through fear-mongering. SB 54's passage is something that is just and moral. According to The New American's Bob Adelmann, Trump's order immediately produced results as it prompted a number of self-proclaimed "sanctuary cities" to reverse their policies, including Miami-Dade, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; Saratoga, New York; Finney County, Kansas; and Bedford, Pennsylvania.

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Roughly 2.3 million undocumented immigrants live in California, the largest population in the nation compared with other states.

"California should not be siding with companies that profit from the detention of asylum seekers and the misery of divided families", Lara said in a statement Thursday.

The measure came in response to widespread fear in immigrant communities following Trump's election.

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.

It was one of several immigration-focused bills that Brown signed Thursday, which was also the final day for young immigrants to renew their permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects them from deportation.

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.

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