Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making California a 'Sanctuary State'

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making California a 'Sanctuary State'

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making California a 'Sanctuary State'

In a blistering Friday afternoon statement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan says California's new law "will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission". Other federal officials also have sounded off against SB 54, suggesting illegal immigration is tied to increases in violent crime. "The California Values Act won't stop ICE from trolling our streets-it will not provide full sanctuary-but it will put a kink in Trump's perverse and inhumane deportation machine", California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, who first introduced the legislation, said in a statement Thursday.

"This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way", Brown wrote. The liberal state decided that shielding illegal immigrants was more important than enforcing immigration laws. An estimated 10 million immigrants live in California, about 25 percent of whom are thought to be undocumented.

Trump administration slammed California for passing the bill, raising concerns over "criminal aliens".

Brown's decision comes as local and state governments are locked in legal battles with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his move to slash federal grant funding from "sanctuary jurisdictions", where city and county agencies are limited when working with federal immigration officials.

The "Sanctuary State" provisions are set to take effect in California on January 1, 2018, while some cities, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, have already passed similar measures.

The other bills prohibit landlords from reporting their undocumented tenants, ban employers from authorizing federal immigration raids at the workplace, and allow students whose parents were deported to continue attending California schools.


Throughout his campaign and in his tenure as president, Trump has tried to make the same connection, showcasing the relatives of people killed by immigrants in the country illegally.

Brown, the state's Democratic governor, said Thursday he believes SB 54 strikes a balance between protecting public safety and bringing a measure of comfort to the families now living in fear of deportation.

The local Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that Brown had made some amendments before signing the bill, such as increasing crimes on the list from the initial 65 to over 800, including felony DUI (Driving Under the Influence), child abuse, gang-related offenses and some misdemeanors.

"The president will be laying out his responsible immigration plan over the next week", she said.

"It protects public safety but it also protects hardworking people who contribute a lot to California", Brown told CNN, adding, "the [ICE] can come into our jails, they can interview people, they can pick up people they think are appropriate".

Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said Trump seeks to cause distrust for political gain.

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