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California lawmakers approve 'sanctuary state' bill

California lawmakers approve 'sanctuary state' bill

The California Legislature Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the US, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

Under the law, state and local law enforcement officers will not be permitted to ask about a person's immigration status during an arrest or police stop, and their communication with federal immigration authorities will be limited.

The Assembly's 49-25 vote sets up a vote in the Senate later Friday. Jerry Brown's desk doesn't go as far as the first version.

Earlier, the bill also would have prevented local and state law enforcement from relaying information to federal immigration officers unless it was about a person convicted of a violent or serious crime.

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Senate Bill 149, which was introduced as a direct rebuke of President Trump's refusal to release his most recent tax returns, passed California's State Assembly on Thursday, having already passed the Senate.

Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) said the amendments added to the bill this week were reasonable and would not change the overall mission of the bill to protect hard-working families. The California Police Chiefs Association is now neutral on the bill, but the California State Sheriffs' Association still opposes it.

In an emotional debate that brought lawmakers on both sides to tears, supporters said the law is needed now more than ever.

But the bill's passage comes as a second blow to the Trump administration's hard-line policy on illegal immigration in as many days.

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The bill faced some opposition, including from the California State Sheriffs' Association.

Earlier Friday, a federal judge in Chicago ruled against the Trump administration and an order issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get federal funding in the form of public safety grants. "We believe in the American dream, and this bill today helps some of us believe California is a safe place for immigrants".

Democrats argued that the bill would heighten public safety by building trust between undocumented immigrants and police, encouraging crime victims to come forward.

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