ICE director decries California's '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.

Homan says if the governor signs the legislation it will "make California communities less safe".

The California Values Act would not necessarily make California the country's first "sanctuary state".

The organization put out a release earlier this week, saying that "California's front-line law enforcement officers do not now engage in, and have no intention of engaging in, immigration enforcement in the field".

Police and sheriff's officials, including jail officers, will still be able to work with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of one of some 800 crimes, mostly felonies and misdemeanors that can be charged as felonies.

"This comes as a relief that there are some legislators that are really listening", said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

The final version of the bill expanded the list of convictions that would warrant cooperation with federal immigration agents and allows those agents to interview immigrants in custody.

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Multiple cities have sought to defy President Trump's immigration enforcement policies, which require that state and local communities allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.

Immigration advocates generally applauded the latest version, even with de Leon's concessions.

The California State Assembly passed a package of housing bills Thursday night, potentially appropriating billions for affordable housing development and rewriting the way California cities manage new development.

The California Police Chiefs Association went neutral on the measure after Brown's demands were reflected in the last round of amendments.

A pair of bills seeking to ban smoking at California's parks and beaches are heading to Gov. A San Francisco judge blocked the order.

Who knew that California's state lawmakers have such a sense of humor? They've passed legislation and filed lawsuits aimed at protecting immigrants, combating climate change and blocking any future attempt to build a registry of Muslims.

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